We all have heard the alarming statistics about rising rates of obesity and related illnesses among both children and adults.
With too many kids spending too many hours in front of one kind of screen or another, health experts around the world have issued urgent calls to get kids up and moving. But “do as I say, not as I do” just doesn’t cut it; children learn best by example, so parents need to lead the way. This week’s guests, Kara Douglass Thom and Laurie Lethert Kocanda, have written Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom to inform and inspire moms of any fitness level to start moving for their own and their children’s health and well-being. Although the authors’ bios sound a bit intimidating (40 marathons? Ironman triathlons?), their practical advice makes sense to ordinary moms like Marti & Erin. Listen up and step out!
Thinking about your activities over the past week, what example have you set for your children with regard to the importance of physical activity for health and well-being? What would you like to change about your (and your family’s) involvement in physical activities, and what steps will you take this week to begin to bring about that change? Share your thoughts in the REPLY space below!
For Kara’s article for Life Time Fitness called “For Parents, Exercise isn’t Me-Time, it’s Mentor-Me Time,” click here.
For Laurie’s article called “Mother Guilt,” click here.
For The Wall Street Journal’s “Leading by Example: Research Explores Moms’ Role in Girls’ Health and Nutrition,” click here.
For the Star Tribune‘s “Schools find active kids make smarter students,” click here.