Genes help us in passing on our physical traits and characteristics to our future generations but most important of all are good values and a healthy lifestyle that parents can pass on to their young ones. Environmental factors and nature can alter these gene structures but when our mind is set on few goals in life there is no stoppage thereon from nurturing our kids with such ideologies. It’s not something new that children grow up by observing and listening to their parents and when a parent knows how to make use of such moments the world is in our hands. Utilizing these moments and being creative helps us to introduce each of the family members to a life of fitness cum play in the family.
Take Away & Introduce: TV- or mobile-free households are fading into darkness these days but the first step towards fitness is to do away with electronic gadgets for at least some time during the day. When the kids understand that ‘no-electronics’ concept is only for a certain time duration they would be super excited to work on other things and readily listen to your suggestions. But you must also definitely follow this policy not giving lame excuses for finishing up pending office work or checking out Instagram photos. The family time becomes cherished and one that kids enjoy only when all of you comply to all the rules and regulations.
Not a Chore or a Bore: It entirely depends on you how you make or break a chore. Calling out to your kid to give a helping hand in washing the car is going to lead you nowhere. But the same kid becomes interested in the same activity when your entire family gets involved in it, has fun with the soapy water or starts creating a small game while moving around the car. Even if you are going to rake leaves you can have a contest and see who can do it fastest or make the biggest leaf pile among yourselves. Even cleaning the house can involve something interesting as in rearranging furniture, requesting kids to beautify your living room with a hand-made hanging or two of theirs and so on.
Add some Music to Life: Playing some music in the house gives you or rather your child the greatest privilege of choosing the favorite songs and genres of music. Each of the family member gets a chance to showcase his/her best moves and finally all members vote for the best dance step. You can even arrange for a themed party where all of you get to dress up for the trending music during your parents’ young days. This would be so much fun and the parents too get a chance to relish their good old memories.
Try a new sport: It interests you to pass down your sporting skills but the rather smart kid finds it more appealing to learn some new sport with you. This way he/she feels that none have got an upper hand and everyone is a starter who is yet to establish supremacy.
Make Toys your Dear-most Friend: Just like a water bottle that goes with you everywhere, have a small toy such as a ball, tennikoit ring or a Frisbee which can be used to pass time as well as help you stay active even when you have a little spare time in hand-while standing in the queue or waiting for your friend. While others grumble about the never-moving queue lines your entire family has fun moving the ball around, catching them up and down and doing more things. This might even motivate bystanders to operate on the same terms when they are standing in a queue sometime.
Your World Revolves Around Activities: Park further away from the parking lot, use the stairs instead of the elevator or take a quick walk during lunch hours are routine recommendations. While going out as a family to the mall or elsewhere try your own fun activities. Maybe all of you can walk matching the tunes of the marching steps (left, right, left, right) or run in a ‘daisy chain’ where the person at the back runs to the front every 10 steps.
Pets are Fun: Having a dog around keeps you active and this is even proved by researches which suggest that dog owners lead a better healthy life comparatively. If you wish to know why, please visit the website www.firsteatright.com. A dog almost never gets tired of barking, running, catching a ball or playing with you. The dog could become your best partner for exercising and keeping you active. If you don’t have a pet or can’t afford one it is always easier to join your neighbor for a pet play as these animals unlike humans never act unfriendly but welcome a new playmate.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
+91 7846 800 800
Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.