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Wits End

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I've had a great day; ate good, got plenty of sleep and even got back to running after battling the flu for about three weeks. I was even able to tackle cleaning the house and making home made Irish potato leek soup for the ladies at work tomorrow. I am however at wits end with trying to get my son interested in living a healthier lifestyle. Getting him to eat his veggies is like trying to give someone involuntary oral surgery and I've been trying to think of more creative ways to get him active. I've given up on taking him to the gym with me because he gets bored and starts rolling around in the floor most of the time. I suppose rolling around is still active right? I feel somewhat responsible for his present state of being; he was diagnosed as obese with high cholesterol, thyroid issues, and asthma. I feel maybe if I'd set a better example a while back he wouldn't be in the condition he is? On the flip side I can't account for what the other parent does when I'm not around. I guess I'm trying to fight two people's battles when it comes to health and it has become exhausting, mine is hard enough. So any ideas or tips anyone has is most welcome.
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  • INTRINSIC_2015
    I'm sure you'll be able to set an excellent example for your son this year. It's a new year, a new beginning. My son is 5, and he says he "can't like vegetables." I did get him to eat cooked carrots this weekend, though. He saw me cutting raw carrot sticks, and he said, "I can't like crunchy carrots. I like soft carrots." So I cooked some carrots for him, and guess what... He actually ate the "soft carrots!" It was pretty much my biggest victory of 2013 ;) ha ha
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    1483 days ago
    Zach is 9 and we used to have him in Taekwondo, but our finances right now won't permit us to get back into class. I've tried all the other sports but he seems really afraid of most of them he has ADHD and problems with boundaries and finds it hard to make friends. The only other thing I can think of is doing more creative sports like our "super hero" badminton and grandma/grandpa races we used to do. Thank you for all the great advice!
    1500 days ago
    How old is he? That's the important question that will determine the advice that you get!

    Looking at pics, I'd say somewhere around 8-12? If so, the gym will probably be the least counterproductive way to get him active. I'd highly suggest something fun, a sports league, etc. Start with something simple, a way to get him in a routine. Taekwondo (over karate) teaches discipline and self control and is a great first start. It increases flexibility and some strength and some cardio are also incorporated (great for someone in that age group!). Of course, there are the obvious: soccer, basketball, baseball, but that might be discouraging for someone who can't run very easily (just assuming that your son meets that category). Maybe taking him to a jump zone sort of class? There are a lot of jumping trampoline places that are a lot of fun and a great workout at the same time.
    1500 days ago
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