Sometimes the Littlest People Know the Most


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Forget about talk radio, research labs, late night TV, or a magazine rack full of scantily clad cover models. Everything you need to know about fitness and nutrition, you can learn from your kids.

Here are 11 things children can teach you about healthy living:

  1. Everything can be a game. Why slog through the same workout routines in boredom, when you can add a little fun? Make up rules, shoot for personal records, and regain your competitive spirit.
  2. Don’t walk when you can run. Every day is full of opportunities to increase your fitness. This rule is closely related to "don’t drive when you can walk."
  3. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it. Chances are, your eating habits won’t stick around long if you hate what you’re eating. Healthy eating involves balance and moderation.
  4. Laughter feels good. Kids seem to inherently know that laughter can ease blood pressure, help your brain function, give you energy, and help you reach your goals.
  5. Playtime is important. We get so caught up in work, and "have-to's" that we forget to take time for ourselves. Not only does relaxing make life worthwhile, it has real health benefits.
  6. The world should be full of color—especially on your dinner plate! Splash it with as many colors as possible; paint it like a rainbow with food. It’s more fun to look at, the most colorful produce options often pack the most nutrients, and chances are you’ll be eating a healthy, balanced meal.
  7. It’s always more fun with friends around. Children tend to gravitate toward other children. It gives them spirit and makes them want to play all day. Working out with other people is almost like having your own little playgroup.
  8. Adventures are found outside, not inside. Every kid knows that the good stuff is in the great outdoors—fresh air, wide open spaces, limitless possibilities. You can’t find those things cooped up in a tiny, stale gym. Open the door and start a new adventure every day.
  9. It’s important to use your imagination. You can be Major Fantasia or Stupendous Woman any time you want. Give yourself permission to believe in your own super powers and let your mind take you wherever it wants to go.
  10. Anything is possible. No fear, no self-doubts, no negative self talk, no self-criticism, no worries, no destructive anxieties or thoughts of failure. To a child, he/she can do anything. And do you know what? They’re right.
  11. You have your whole life ahead of you. Here’s your chance to do it right.

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  • 16
    It is amazing what you learn when you listen. - 6/22/2017   6:50:01 AM
  • 15
    Great article! - 4/17/2017   8:22:09 PM
  • 14
    I'll always be a kid at heart - 7/28/2012   10:21:56 AM
  • 13
    I love number 3. As a child I hated raisins and sweet potatoes. Now at 62, I eat them and my son said "Well, mother back when you were a child you had taste buds and it was no wonder you disliked those things. Now your taste buds are worn down so you can't really taste them." LOL - 7/16/2012   1:06:35 AM
  • 12
    At 61, it's really great to hear about the joy of a child, and how it can take you right out of your routine and enjoy yourself. Thanks for the uplift. Glenn - 7/11/2012   1:50:41 AM
    So true!!! In my home, we even make house cleaning a game so its tolerable ! - 7/9/2012   11:54:43 AM
    I like #4. - 7/9/2012   9:30:24 AM
  • 9
    I love this! It deserves a place on my refrigerator! Thank you. - 7/9/2012   8:34:42 AM
  • JPEARL127
    Seeing life through the eyes of a child is truly an eye-opener. We were this way at one time, but how could we forget what we knew then? - 7/9/2012   7:38:43 AM
  • 7

    Thanks for sharing - 7/9/2012   12:57:41 AM
    I love this. My husband and I call our daughter the little Buddha anyway because she is always teaching us such wise lessons about life. But the simplicity of the above messages are so great. And for me the ones about having more fun, laughing more, and being active all day, not just with formal exercise are great! I could use a lot more laughter, fun, and overall play in my life! - 7/8/2012   10:25:17 PM
    Followed #5 this weekend and took a mini-vacation. Just rested at home...what a blessing! - 7/8/2012   8:10:48 PM
    Children help us see the simple side of things in a complicated world! - 7/8/2012   2:46:12 PM
  • 1954MARG
    Too true. What's the point of living 10 years longer if you don't enjoy it? - 7/8/2012   12:57:03 PM
  • 2
    Getting back to our inner and outer child is important. - 7/8/2012   11:09:20 AM
  • 1
    What I learned from my nieces is eat small quantities, one piece at a time, don't just grab snacks handfuls :D - 7/8/2012   11:06:16 AM

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