Why You Have a Responsibility to Be In Your Best Health for Your Kids
Poor diet and exercise choices hold you back from giving your kids your best everyday
What can I do to make sure that I give my best to my family today?
That’s a question I’ve started asking myself now that my daughter is due within a couple of weeks. There will be plenty of new responsibilities to her and my wife I’ve never experienced since I’ll be a first-time dad. It’s overwhelming to think about all the new things I’ll learn to do in the coming months. I’ll still need to make sure I take care of myself so I can help how I’m needed.
One of the most effective ways to ensure I show up the best I can for my family to handle those responsibilities is to ensure I’m in good physical shape and eating healthy. Working out isn’t a problem for me since I make it to the gym about five times a week. I cook healthy meals, but my snacking habits need improvement. Ice cream with chocolate syrup at night is a temptation that’s hard to beat for me.
I’m not saying you need to train for a marathon or enter a weight-lifting competition to be in good shape for your family. Everyone is at different stages in life and has diverse talents and abilities. It may take time for you to find your athletic talent or what you enjoy doing because I found out I was a natural cyclist when I was 39. I can deadlift 325 pounds so you may be surprised what you are capable of.
Many people feel clueless or intimidated walking into a gym. The best thing you can do is buy a few sessions with a personal trainer to get familiar with strength training equipment and set some goals. The first session is usually free and the investment can pay dividends for the rest of your life. We all should do some kind of strength training because it will reduce the risk of osteoporosis, control your weight, manage chronic conditions, and clear your thinking.
If weight training isn’t an option, then try walking outside as much as you can, especially during the day so you can get your vitamin D. Your mood, energy, and focus will improve by walking outside for 15 minutes if you need a break from work. It will prepare your body for other kinds of exercise like running. Our bodies aren’t meant to be sedentary so get moving any way you can.
Eating healthy is a no-brainer for us, but the problem is having the discipline to do it and finding time to cook nutritious meals. We all have the same number of hours. People with busy lives find ways to cook and eat healthy meals. It depends on what you think is important and prioritize. I don’t cook breakfast but I still give myself a healthy start by making a smoothie with frozen fruit, almond milk, and a scoop of vanilla protein. It’s quick, delicious, filling, and healthy.
You can’t be at your best for your family if you aren’t eating healthy and exercising. The choice to be healthy is simple, but not easy. Do you want your kids to have unhealthy habits they get from you or learn better ones? One of the best ways to show them is to do it yourself. They watch your every move, so they will follow your good or bad examples. Start making one healthy choice a day with exercise and diet and you will be surprised how fast you notice positive changes and build new habits.