How to Make Health and Wellness part of your Families Lifestyle
Posted: May 27, 2019
As adults, we are responsible for our lifestyle choices and in many cases, our children’s lifestyles. Whether or not our children get enough exercise and eat healthy foods has a lot to do with the example we set for them and the choices we provide them with.
According to USA Today, the percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years! But don’t blame the kids. Keith Ayoob, an associate Professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says, “I never see a child who has better eating habits than his parents.” Children eat the foods that are served to them or what is easily available at school or home. Family rules and routines can compromise exercise any time they like, but an eight-year-old more than likely requires supervision. Children have obstacles to overcome when it comes to lifestyle choices.
Success for children begins with success for parents. Families need to begin establishing lifestyle goals together. Leonard Epstein, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Buffalo, says. “Most of the kids who are overweight have at least one overweight parent.”
Is martial arts the answer? When you make martial arts training part of your family lifestyle you make a commitment to a healthy mind, body and spirit for you and your children.
Mind: Children, may seek refuge from stressful situations by over-eating. Martial arts teaches students how to deal with stress and maintain self-control and discipline.
Body: Dieting is not recommended for children. While parents should pay attention to food selections and serving sizes and teach their children to do the same, exercise improves health quicker than anything. When you train in the martial arts, you commit to exercise in class and practice at home. You are saying exercise is important and your children get the message.
Spirit: Confidence and self-esteem are critical character assets. When children feel good about themselves they are more likely to be successful. Martial arts training provides an environment to develop personal strengths and can help your children and yourself achieve a healthier lifestyle. Families that train together help each other stay motivated and on track to goal achievement. Its time to take action not only for yourself, but also for your children: They’re counting on you!