4 Tips to Get Your Kids Into Eating Well and Getting Fit

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One of my biggest wake-up calls in really getting serious about getting back into shape–after the last baby–was when I bought some home workout equipment. The kid’s wouldn’t leave it alone!! I was super annoyed that they were getting into my stuff, invading my alone time, and totally negating any mental benefit it had hoped to get from a home workout. But one night, completely defeated, I sat back on my bed and just watched to see what they’d actually do with these apparently fascinating newfound thingamajiggies.

I was so surprised that they took an active interest in working out! They didn’t have the same negative outlook that most adults have about it. They just thought it was fun to do what Mom did. It had never struck me before that the kids would be great workout partners!

Thinking about finally getting back on your feet and start getting fit again? One of the most enjoyable ways to lose weight while getting fit is to get others involved. Whether it’s a friend that you compete with or family members that you can chat and interact with while you exercise, having people to lose weight with makes it far easier and more interesting. Unfortunately, when it comes time to get your kids into eating well and getting fit, things can get a little more complicated.

They might get frustrated, they might get lazy and they might slip into bad habits again after a bit of exercising. Or they may very well just pick up the darn kettlebells and follow along. Here are some tips to get your kids to pick up healthier habits and lose weight together with you.

 

 

4 tips to get your kids into eating healthy + getting fit plus get a FREE fitness planner tracker

 

1.Go shopping together

 

One of the best ways to teach your kids about staying a healthy weight is telling them about calories and nutrients. The next time you go shopping together, try and point out things like calorie counts and how many nutrients each type of food gives. When they pick out sweets that they want to eat, teach them that those sweets are full of empty or bad nutrients and show them the numbers, then teach them about healthier alternatives. Check out this guide from YourKidStable.com to learn more about nutrients and how to teach your kids about them.

Teaching kids about nutrients can be difficult especially if they’re young, but it can instill some excellent habits in them from a young age. Make sure you do everything you can to simplify and consider using learning tools to help your kids understand nutrients. Your kiddos might also learn about food and different vitamins and nutrients in their lessons at school, and you can expand on this with your own knowledge.

It’s equally important to teach your kids why the sweets they’re eating are bad. And why nutrients matter and how they help our bodies. Of course, it’s a bad idea to deprive your children of ‘fun’ foods all the time. Which makes this a perfect time to also talk about moderation and special times to have sweets. 

 

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Find a tool to help you have the conversation with your kids about ‘good food’ and ‘bad food’. Then sit down and have the conversation! Use shopping trips to give real-life examples and let them help make smarter choices about the snacks and other foods you buy.

 

2. Follow a fitness plan

 

Perhaps the best way to get your kids into eating well and getting fit is to follow a fitness plan. Sites like MomsIntoFitness.com are great for learning tips on how to stick to a diet plan and can give you plenty of useful ideas on how you can approach weight loss. You’ll want to get your kids involved when you write up the plan. So consider everything from the foods you eat to the exercises you do. And get them involved in the process. Kids love having input!

Make sure that the activities and foods in your fitness plan fit your kids. You don’t want them to feel bored or feed them foods they don’t enjoy. Because that’s a quick way to demotivate them. Try and find substitutes for the foods that are listed on the fitness plans. Or consider looking up fitness plans that are more suitable for kids.

 

1-Make a list of foods everyone likes (or will eat) and note what they don’t like. Then use a program like Real Plans to find recipes that include or exclude specific foods to make everyone happy! 2-Make a plan for working out that includes the kids. Could you all ride your bikes together? Walk together? Give them playground time while you do strength exercises on the playground equipment? How about even yoga? Find something that works for everybody!

 

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3. Reduce screen time and increase active time

 

One of the biggest problems with today’s kids is that they spend far too much time lounging with electronics and video games. Check out this article from BecomingMinimalist.com for tips on how to reduce your child’s screen time. Then convert that time into something more productive and active. 

Trying to drag your kids away from their screens can be hard. A good tip is to begin to do it at an early age so that they’re more likely to cooperate and expect it. Instead of using electronics to stay in touch with friends, tell them to get active and visit their friends at the park or at least go over to their homes instead of just chatting online. This is a great way to get all the kids in the neighborhood to be more active. 

 

1-Determine an appropriate screen time rule with your husband for your kids. Then assign days or times for each parent to be the monitor. (Trust me, the kids are counting on you to forget!) 2-If there’s a way for kids in the neighborhood to play together (like a park, or maybe rotate homes to play at), get with other parents and try to set up a regular play time! Maybe the other parents are willing to even rotate homes or who monitors at the playground!

 

4. Plan more family activities

 

Simply cutting screen time isn’t enough to get your kids more active. Go a step further and convince them to get outside, get active and do more interesting outdoor things. For instance, you could plan to go camping together as a family, you could go for regular bike rides or you could even go on frequent holidays to other towns and nearby destinations that aren’t expensive. Create a bucket list where everyone has input and do those things!

When planning family activities, make sure you try and add in a couple of fun and active sports. For instance, if you’re going camping, then bringing a soccer ball or even a badminton net is a great way to get your kids active. If you’re going to the beach, bring a football, frisbee, or even a kite. Similarly, if you’re just going to a relaxing countryside location, try and get out for hikes and explore the scenery to get them moving. Scavenger hunts can be found online for nearly any scenario you can think of!

 

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1-Have a family meeting (or even ask at dinner) to see what kind of family activities your kids would love to do together. 2-Then schedule in some family time that’s non-negotiable. 3-Be prepared by packing balls, kites, hiking gear, etc for your trip. 4-Print out your scavenger hunts or work together to create your family’s bucket list. {Click the appropriate season to get ideas and print a free bucket list generator for your family!}: FALL    WINTER    SPRING

 

An awesome way to track your workouts with your kiddos + plan your healthy meals and snacks together is to download and use the Fabulously Fit Planner + Tracker! Click the image below to get it!

 

Fitness goals planner and log sheets and tracker

 

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Have your kids got lack of motivation except for electronics, video games, and eating junk? Here are 4 tips and ideas to challenge your kids to eating healthy + clean and instead getting outside for workouts from playing, fun programs, activities, and games! #fitness #kids #healthyeating #cleaneating #eatclean

 

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