It’s a child’s strong belief that every action of its parents is acceptable, whether good or bad. Children believe their parents to be their educators, mentors, heroes and above all, role models throughout their lives. A sedentary parent nurtures a sedentary child (mostly) but those parents who exercise regularly and eat healthy foods are nurturing a generation of kids who are bound to grow into healthy adults. Parents are the numero uno source affecting the way in which children perceive a healthy lifestyle. But, the key to an active family lies in adhering to regular workout routines during any season of the year irrespective of rain or sun.
Every adult should aim for at least 30 minutes and kids for at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily irrespective of the weather outside. Sun or rain, winter or summer plan your workout in a smart way such that the weather outside or the people inside don’t disturb the health routine at any cost.
The chill breeze and longer nights are bound to make us feel sluggish, lazy and sleepy. Layers of clothing, thermal wear and sweaters make us feel warm and alongside this, helps us cover up the additional weight that we carry with us. The snow outside (in a few places), ice-cold weather and the absence of sunshine are great excuses to do away with your physical activity routines, but fitness is a lifelong journey that’s got no breaks. During winter, try doing these calorie-burning indoor activities:
Swinging your Body during Spring
Spring is a lovely time to spend sometime outdoors enjoying the colorful flowers and the pleasant climate. Bring in a few changes to your routine-maybe, control your portion sizes and cut down on intake of added sugars and fats. When you become comfortable with this routine go for something new. The weather outside makes it easier for you to fulfill your daily exercise routines. The activities given here can contribute towards your day’s total exercise:
A study shows that obese children who participated in lifestyle-based intervention activities during school mostly forgot the activity after a near-to two months break or so. Instead of allowing your child to watch television and relaxing in the luxuries of the sofa request your child to stay fit by helping them in the following ways:
The leaves might fall and the flowers wither away, but your motive remains strong through autumn. Enjoy the brownness around you, go for a brisk run or play a game of frisbee in the sun. If there are any plans for vigorous physical activity during the weekend plan and eat accordingly. Eat your meal three to four hours before the weekend and your snack an hour before the exercise schedule. Ensure that the meals are enriched with nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates. Pre-activity snacks should always be low-fat and low-fiber which might be a piece of fruit or likewise. Post-workout snacks must never be missed to replenish your body with energy. In between all this, remember to drink plenty of water.
Just like your eating habits, regular physical activity too must be a part of each one’s daily routine. Any changes you make must be done gradually so that you stick with a habit for a lifetime once the change (for the good) is made. In between all the seasons are the holiday seasons that once again interrupt the regularity of physical exercise schedules. But, with a determined mind and by making exercise as a priority (and not an option!) it is always possible to stick to your activity schedules. For more details on squeezing in exercise as a part of your holiday routine too please visit the website www.firsteatright.com. Remember, any activity that you choose to perform helps you burn extra calories instead of storing them.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.