Monday, November 22, 2010

How can you stay fit and still enjoy eating over the holidays?


Thanksgiving is just a few days away and Christmas, Chanukah and New Years are soon to follow. Not to mention that the kids have school vacation and when we get out of our routines and celebrate various holidays we tend to eat more than usual and indulge in special treats. This is especially true during the winter when cooler temps often keep us indoors and make us want to watch TV and movies or enjoy video games which are often accompanied by yummy - and not so healthy - snacks. Just think of all the foods associated with the next few upcoming holidays

Regardless of the time of year, the climate or what holiday may be occurring, you can keep your kids healthy by encouraging an active lifestyle. Kids in the United States are less fit and less active today than a generation ago. Obesity and being overweight is an increasing problem amongst adults as well as kids.

Parents need to take the lead in increasing the families level of fitness, which will not only help the family members lose weight, but also reduce the risk for certain diseases often associated with obesity such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

Taking the lead means setting a good example. If parents are active, their children will follow in their footsteps. Decreasing the amount of time kids spend watching TV, playing video games and being on the computer will also help. Substitute something active to fill the time instead, such as taking a walk around the neighborhood. This is a great time of year to enjoy looking at everyone’s holiday decorations. Indoors, you can enjoy dancing and jumping around. Just be sure you have a specific area of the house where you can do so safely.

Exploracise Gymathtics is another great indoor activity. Just pop in the DVD and keep the kids active for 30 minutes while they also learn math skills. They will have so much fun they won’t even know they are learning!