As busy moms, it can be difficult to find
time for "traditional" forms of exercise. Hands-free time is little and
precious, and when we have it, most of us would rather (let's face it)
relax with our husbands, take a hot bath, or just go to sleep!
But more importantly, this is our opportunity to
model healthy exercise habits for our children!
The average child in the United States today exercises less than 20
minutes a day! This is a shocking and worrisome statistic, especially
in combination with rising rates of obesity and diabetes among our
nation's young people. Research shows that PARENTS are the most
important role models in a child's life.
Healthy habits start early. In early childhood, our
babies' whole job is to observe their world and try to make sense of
it. We are their world in a very real way. What they watch us doing NOW
is what they will expect and enthusiastically attempt to emulate for