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Helping Your Preschooler Get Fit In 2012

It’s the beginning of a new year. The holidays have passed. Your schedule is back to normal. The cookies and candy are gone. Maybe you’ve started a fitness program for yourself,to kick off a healthful resolution. Or,you’re trying to eat better and cut back on portions. But,what are you doing to help the preschool child in your life? Are you taking time to make sure you’re helping him develop a healthy,favorable attitude about exercise and nutritious food? Are you aware of the hours of TV she may be watching? Do you do any physical activity along with your preschooler? If the answer is no to any of these questions,it won’t take much to make a huge difference in your little one’s fitness level. Take a minute to see which of the suggestions below can be easily inserted into your day to day routine:

  • Ask your child what you should both eat for breakfast daily. Give a choice of 2-3 healthy options and then eat together.
  • Go for a walk around the block (take the dog if you have one) as soon as you get home from work,even if you’re tired.
  • When you MUST get food at a drive through,ask your child to help you pick something that is healthy (point out that greasy food is NOT healthy). If the choice is not good,explain why and ask again.
  • Pick an activity that you know how to do but your child does not (skating,cycling,etc.). Teach your child the basics of that activity.
  • Play an active game together on the weekend or on your day off. Something that requires your child to run and move vigorously for at least a half hour. Even if you aren’t able to move as strenuously,get your child to do it through a fun game.
  • When you shop for foods,include your preschooler. Food variety is necessary to ensure you get all the vital nutrients for optimal health. Try different foods for sound nutrition and so your child will develop a taste for a wide range of foods in later life.
  • There are so many resources for preschool nutrition and fitness if you take the time to look. Search the internet. Look around your area. Movement opportunities are everywhere. If you take advantage of only a few you’ll be developing healthy lifestyle habits in your child and yourself. You may just find that it’s easier tackling dietary changes together and much more fun to “exercise”together. It’s time not just for moving but for talking and building/strengthening family relationships. Something everyone can enjoy!

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