We all know that physical activity is essential for human beings to maintain healthy bodies. Regular physical activity in addition to eating a healthy diet are recommended by numerous physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals. Now, you may be asking how can I inspire my children to get up and move. I personally believe kids need real-life examples to be inspired. With the easy access to TV, internet, video games, etc., why would a kid go outside and play? Maybe they want to be like Serena. Serena Williams is the number 1 ranked female singles tennis player in the world. She just defeated Victoria Azarenka in the US Open this past Sunday, making that victory her 5th US Open win and her 17th Grand Slam tournament championship.
Her wins can be a great talking point for you to inspire your children to be more active. I love to use the line "Do you think Serena watched TV all day?" "No, she was training and look at her now, she is a champ!" Sometimes my kids roll their eyes and sigh at my questions, but they are more active today than they were this time last year. Use whatever strategy you think will work but it is pertinent that we instill healthy habits into our children early. With the rise of obesity in young children and more and more kids being diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure, we owe it to them to at try. So, the next time your kid is glued to the TV for hours on end,do like my mother did, "Andre'a, get up and go get some fresh air." It was a requirement to go and do. It is not punishment; it is love that will last a lifetime.