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Long Term Benefits For Kids With Active Parents

Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by Pulse

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong habit that has a profound impact on almost every aspect of one’s health. A diet rich in heart healthy and high nutrient foods has a profound impact on one’s cardiovascular fitness as well as their muscle tone. It also helps decrease instances of depression and anxiety and has even been shown to lower one’s odds of serious diseases such as heart disease.

Another highly beneficial lifestyle choice is taking part of a regular exercise routine. Regular exercise, like eating healthy, has been shown to have many major health benefits. For parents, regular exercise not only provides  way to regulate stress levels and to maintain a healthy weight. It has also been shown to have profound long term effects on the lives of their children.

Most parents aim to be a good role model for their children, and one of the best ways they can provide a good example to their kids is by being active themselves and taking the steps to make exercise and physical activity a priority. Doing this can have a major impact on not only a child’s current health but on their health for the rest of their lives.

Healthy Parents and Healthy Children

Active parents have been shown to have children who are also more physically active. When parents make exercise a regular part of their life, they are much more likely to make physical activity a part of family activities. This means that children of active parents are much less likely to suffer from obesity, in part because physical activity is a built in part of their life.

Active parents are also far more likely to prepare healthy meals for their children, which means that children are less likely to get accustomed to many of the foods that may be harmful when eaten on a regular basis.

Physical Activity, Recreation, and a Lifetime of Health

When children are a part of a family that engages in physical activity like riding bikes or scooters as a form of leisure, they learn to associate exercise and physical activity with having fun. For many children, this is a key distinction that will drastically impact their health over the course of their entire lives.

Children who get in the habit of exercise at a young age are far more likely to continue to exercise regularly through out adulthood. This is attributed not only to the fact that they are more likely to develop an understanding of the importance of exercise. Children who exercise with their parents by way of recreational activities learn to have a positive relationship with physical activity.

This means that as adults they will incorporate exercise into their lives and be more likely to view it as fun rather than a chore. Individuals who have this kind of relationship with exercise have a much better relationship with physical activity and are generally more likely to lead balanced and active lives.

A Lifetime of Happiness

Parents who are active and who share their love of physical activity with their kids give them the gift of a much happier life. Regular exercise has been linked to having higher self confidence and a higher sense of confidence. This means that people who engage in regular physical activity enjoy benefits beyond the immediately physical.

People who have enjoyed exercise since childhood are more likely to enjoy success in other areas of their life, including school and eventually career. By making exercise a family activity and way of  life, parents are able to greatly increase their child’s chance for health, happiness, and success over the course of their entire lifetime.

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