Help your Parent/Guardian Get Fit Today!
Our parents/guardians and whoever else brings us up do so much for us. However, they can be so busy working and looking after you that they don’t have time to stay fit and healthy themselves. So turn the tables and help them stay fit while helping yourself too!
Do 5 things which will help your parents with the following:
When your parents or guardian comes home from work, or after you come back from school, rather than waiting for them to make you a snack why not ask them if they would like a cup of tea or something to eat. Even better ask if there’s house work you can help them with like cleaning the kitchen or doing the washing. They had a long day working and providing for you. Remember that!!
At the weekend suggest that, rather than being in front of the tv or sitting with your tablets or smartphones, you put a couple of hours aside to go and exercise with your family. Go and play tennis, football, basketball or even just go for walk. Yes, even walking counts as good exercise!!
Make a plan for eating healthily. Decide which fruits and vegetables you like best and ask your parent/guardian to buy them for you. Try and eat 5 of them a day and make sure your family does too. Choose a day when you can cook the family dinner. If you can’t do it on your own get someone to help you. Remember to include a lot of greens like spinach, cabbage, broccoli and avocado which are great for cooking. If you have siblings they could also cook dinner once a week.
If you go to bed early your parents/guardian will probably be able to go to bed earlier. They need sleep too! Maybe not as much as you, but 7 hours is still recommended. Most children are advised to have at least 9 hours sleep. Enough sleep means your parents/guardian will wake up refreshed and be more active and in a better mood throughout the day. What’s not to like about that?
Both healthy foods and exercise will help your parents/guardian stay fit. But as they are older than you they will have to work a lot harder if they want to lose weight. Support them by reminding them to stop snacking too many on fatty foods or by asking them to exercise with you.
Did you Know?
The word protein is derived from the Greek word ‘proteios’ which means “primary” or “in the lead”.
What other activities do you do with your parents/guardians that helps them stay healthy? What activities do you enjoy doing together? Share them with us below.
This article contains general information regarding health and well-being. This information is not intended as advice, and should not be treated as such. You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to advice from medical or educational professionals.