Over time, which children do you think will stick to a program of physical fitness? It’s not a trick queston, by the way. There’s plenty of research to suggest that setting an example for your children will ensure a lifetime of good habits. In other words: although the expression, “Do as I say, not as I do” may ring true for bad habits; when it comes to healthy habits, it’s “do as I do” all the way.
The great thing about these daily habits is that they’ll translate into healthy behaviour in adulthood. They’ve made the choice of what to do and when, so they’ll be more likely to stick with it.
The list below is an excerpt from an online article about the top 10 tips to help your children develop healthy habits. I pulled out these 4 tips in particular because they ring true for our household. Not purposefully, though, it’s just the way we roll.
Amanda Sterczyk is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM), an Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) Fitness Professional, and a Certified Essentrics® Instructor. She offers in-home personal training in central Ottawa. Amanda specializes in helping older adults maintain and increase strength, flexibility, and mobility. No fitness goal is too small, in her opinion.