Fitmark Ambassador Maegan Swain address a very important issue with youth and the example we need to be for them
Fact: 1 in 3 children and teens in the United States are overweight or obese. I would like to dedicate this blog to the parents of our youth. It is up to you to help downsize this massive nationwide issue. Do not let your child become victim of obesity and/or diabetes. Here are a few suggestions on how to help your children, work on their fitness!
Things like extra play time outside instead of sweets to reward achievement or good behavior works great. Think about it. I know; I know, its easier to get them to be quiet by just giving them something yummy but you are KILLING them by doing so. Do not create this habit!
Move. It has been proved that walking is a healthy exercise and helps to lose weight too. Many people think that only high impact exercises can help one shed off calories. Luckily, this is not true. Walking is a great exercise that boosts overall cardiovascular fitness, decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease, reduces cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate lower back pain, and reduces the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. Walking also helps to de-stress and remove depression. Besides all the above, regular walking habit also stimulates creativity and induces problem-solving skills. When you walk, you get an opportunity to walk outdoors, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the changing seasons. It’s easy, cheap, and safe.
Get creative, kids have wild imaginations. Go outside or stay inside and interact with your kids.
Swap poor choices for better ones. Your kids may not like it at first but if you share with them how this can help increase their health, over time, they will like the changes and know you have their best interest in mind.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013