I like the ideas that are engineered to encourage, but let's not get manipulative about how we "encourage" others. Some of these ideas can be just plain frustrating to others and I think that's worse than openly talking about fitness or nutrition too much. I don't want to be too critical here, I understand this article is offered in the spirit of helpful ideas to use in being a good influence. It just triggers my "manipulation alert" that usually sends me running the opposite direction when I detect it.
I have tried a lot of things on your list to no avail. Some people cannot be reached no matter what you do. I have led by example by losing 100 lbs. I keep only HEALTHY foods in the house, so they "sneak" eat out of the house. I will NOT police other people's eating habits anymore. I have to worry about MY eating habits. If I cook and no one eats what I prepare, I don't care anymore.
I loved the article, thank you! I recently moved in with family after a move, and it is weird not being able to control everything that comes into the house. We have tried the game night thing, though, and everyone has a blast--our favorite activities are the Wii Fit, swimming, and lawn darts.
I love this article. It is something that I am struggling with at my house. I think we will be trying to conceive in the next few years, so I am trying to get in the habit of eating well, and I want us to raise happy healthy kids, so I want him to get in the habit too.
We have done several of those things lately... cooking at home, adding a bet (we're wearing pedometers and having a contest to see who gets more every day) and the reward is massages from the other, and more! Thanks for additional ideas.
3/9/2010 8:35:12 AM
I enjoyed this article as it discusses things to do with all family members, not just children. Thanks!!!
Great article and good ideas! I incorporated a fruit grazing bowl on our kitchen counter and I'm amazed at how my kids are drawn to it over the junkie over-processed stuff that used to be in the cabinet.
My cooking is disastrous, so I simply, subtly encourage Hubby to prepare healthier dishes. He makes the BEST baked chicken ever, but he's more apt to target the beef at the grocery store (not the lean kind, either), so I have to always suggest we get chicken instead. I also lead by example...Hubby has decided no more sodas in the house (about a month after I tried to decide and Hubby said no way) and he's going on walks with me more. Small and subtle works well with him when it comes to healthy living!
These are all good ideas, although a bunch of them don't apply to me. It's just me and my husband, no children, and my parents live pretty far away. I apply as much of this as I can to my husband, but it's really my parents who could use this advice and, well, I can't exactly cook dinner for them or plan activities with them!
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