Note: This post was written by Kelly d’Ambrosio, who was a regular contributor when we first started blogging as Mom’sMorningCoffee. Kelly has since moved on to Cedar Rapids, IA, where she co-anchors the CBS and Fox Morning and Noontime news shows. We are re-publishing the post for your enjoyment this morning!
As an adult daughter with older parents, I can offer you a look at something your kids are going to be thinking of one day. Something you can help with at this moment, even while they are young.
While I can’t write from the perspective of a mom…I can write from the perspective of a daughter.
I am always thinking about my parent’s health. And while I praise the Lord that both of my parents are in good health now, I literally pray for many, many more healthy years with them. I want my parents around forever.
I’m not going to insult your intelligence by telling you how important it is to exercise and make good choices with food. Everywhere you look people are talking about it. You know to be healthy you must exercise and eat right. No brainer.
But moms and dads sometimes feel guilty for taking that time to exercise. They make food decisions based on what is convenient at the time. They forget to take care of themselves because they are so busy taking care of the kids.
This is a need that they don’t know about right now. But one day they are going to feel the effects of it.
I know life is busy and it’s hard to look outside of what the circumstances are at the moment. But I want to encourage you to look at exercise and eating right as a way to take care of your kids in the future. You may not see the immediate effects of this, but farther on down the road you certainly will.
Another thing we are always told is, in most cases, there are many health ailments that can go away or never develop if you eat right and exercise: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart problems are just a few on my mind.
You only get one body and one life.
When putting it in the perspective of a lifetime spending 30 minutes a day being active and making better choices with food doesn’t seem like such a big deal does it?
Your life revolves around your kids. You think of them and their needs all the time. This is a need that, depending on their age, they don’t know about right now. But one day they are going to feel the effects of it.
You may be tempted to laugh this off and make excuses that you don’t have time. Make it a priority. You may say you are too tired. Maybe you need to start saying “no” to things that are “good” but that are making you too busy. This is your life we are talking about here. What is more important than that?
So listen to me, as a daughter.
Your kids are going to want you to be around forever too. They want you to be there to walk them down the aisle, so they can call you up and ask your secrets to nailing that recipe they can’t get quite right. They want you to play with their kids and be there to offer advice on a coworker who irritates them.
You don’t have to be a body builder or train for the Olympics. There are a ton of workouts and other activities that you can do as a family! This is also a great way for you to set a good example for your kids. You can teach them the importance of taking care of their bodies.
What are some ways you make the time for exercise and how you fight against eating unhealthy? What resources can you give others on how they can take better care of themselves? We’d love to read about them in the comments below!
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