I submitted a few tips that I thought I would share with you along with others. I think you will have fun in the process.
Do you remember a time when children played outdoors versus indoor games? Mothers would feed a breakfast on a summer day, shoo us out of the house to play, if your mom was like mine, we even ate our lunch picnic style outside so we would not mess up her nice clean house. We had to be in before it got dark and the streetlights came on. We rode bikes, played baseball, and made up games with other kids in the neighborhood.
Today, with obesity climbing and type two onset diabetes now affecting teenagers, children play outdoors less, play video games indoors more, and let’s hardly use their imagination in play. We used to sit on the outstretched door of the bed of our truck, use rope around the neck of our bikes and pretend we were on a wagon train. Some of the kids were cowboys, and other kids were Indians. Our bikes were our horses.
So here are some tips for getting your family healthy, outdoors, and have fun.
What about when the weather is bad and you are stuck indoors? What can you do to improve your healthy lifestyle?
The point is to make it fun. My mom always had us come in for an hour every day to read. Encourage your children to read for pleasure. Never let them eat while they read. The habit of eating while reading becomes interlocked in the brain. Trips to the library occupy time and keep us from mindless eating.
The good old days were simple and not electronic, but they served a good healthy purpose. We were not so isolated in front of a screen and more inter-active with our family and friends. The obesity rates in children were much lower, and we never heard of type 2 diabetes in children and young adults. Think about it. Find your inner child, and let the kid in you come out and play. Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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