I'm passionate about assisting others in achieving their fitness, weight loss goals & dreams. I receive emails with questions almost daily from people wanting advice on how to improve their quality of life through diet & exercise.
Today I received a question regarding how to introduce fitness to a child and what they can do to incorrporate exercise into their lives.
Here is my reply...
Thank you for your kind words, it's my pleasure to connect with you. Congratulations on your daughter's great success at such a young age.
I wouldn't push her too much into doing serious workouts at the tender age of 12. If she truly has a desire & a passion to workout then you're goals for her are commendable; however, if it's your idea then it may cause body image issues for her in the future, of which, could be detrimental to her health in the long run.
I recommend to my clients to do family fitness activities to encourage children to embrace fitness. As a family go jogging or swimming at your local family fitness center, do fun aerobic videos, pushups, as well as go bike riding for excellent noninvasive activities that improve overall fitness levels at any age. You can even speed-walk the family dog around your neighborhood for additional evening exercise.
Be sure to allow her to be a "kid" and to enjoy yummy treats such as cookies, chips, ice-cream, etc. Lead by example, prepare healthy whole foods and lean meats for the three main meals of the day; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have an abundance of fresh fruits, nuts and veggies that she loves to eat for her between meal snacks; encourage her to eat often to sustain her energy levels and muscles development. I hope this was helpful...
Have a very Merry Christmas with your family and a joyful, prosperous New Year!
I hope this inspires you to incorporate more exercise & activities with your family. Keep moving and you'll feel healthier, happier & more empowered than ever! It's truly a gift that only you can give yourself!
Until next time... Liv Fit, Train Hard & Liv Happy