Wednesday, July 22, 2015

3 Tips to Becoming Healthier With Your Kids

Before becoming a mother, I was already on my journey to getting fit. At one point in my life, I was once overweight and, at another, I was once underweight. My goal for life was to find a happy medium balance and to become the best version of myself. 

Now, that I am a mother, my goal is still the same, but I want to become the healthiest version of myself in order to set a good example for my children.

Here are 3 tips to becoming healthier while involving your children:

1. Baby see, baby do. 
Last week, while I was running on my treadmill, my son walked up to me and handed me a packet of my protein powder. He left for the kitchen and then came back with my protein shaker cup to give to me. This surprised me since he is only 16 months old, but as little as he is, he still knows, learns, and understands things. From time to time, I will see him pretending to walk on my treadmill, as well. These are prime examples that whatever you do as a parent will have a huge impact on your children. Make sure you are making positive, healthy choices and they will catch on before you even realize it!

2. Grocery shop and cook together. Who says grocery shopping has to be boring? Though this tip may be better suited for older babies and toddlers, you can always include your little one on the trip. Show them healthier products that you like or let them hold a product to help out. It will make them feel so important! One of my son's favorite foods recently has been from the Gerber® Organic line; the 3rd  Foods® Pouches! There are 2 servings of fruits/vegetables per pouch and the packaging is BPA-free. My son's favorite is the Apples, Kale, & Figs.

I usually homemake all of my son's food, but as a mommy, I tend to get busy at times and this is when I reach for this line of baby foods. It is nice to know that if I have to give my son something packaged, it is healthy and organic for him-the best choice that I could make. 

When you get home from the grocery store, show your child what to do with the products by making a healthy dinner while explaining how the meal is healthy. Lastly, enjoy eating the meal together.

3. Involve your children in daily exercise. 
Each night after dinner, my husband and I love taking our son on an evening walk. It is a chance for us to get our last bit of exercise in for the day, while also bonding and enjoying time away from tv and computers. We will push our  son in his jogging stroller or pull him in his red wagon. When he gets a bit older, we will have him walk with us the whole way. When you make exercise a habit, they won't know any different! 

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post through Gerber. All opinions stated within this post are my very own.

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