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Another Reason to Exercise: Parents Who Exercise Raise Healthier Kids

One of the common statements to come out of a pregnant woman's mouth it that she doesn't care if her baby is a boy or a girl; she just wants her baby to be healthy. Well, there are ways to stack the cards in your favor. New research indicates that children with active parents, even during pregnancy, are more active and healthy too. The research doesn't indicate that biological factors were involved, but it seems to be more about role modeling healthy behaviors. Children who see their parents being physically active learn that exercising is a normal part of life. Active parents influence their children's perception of exercise at an early age.

I love that my daughters ask me, when I am lacing up my sneakers, if I am going for a run. They think it is so cool. Plus, as they age and get bigger if I didn't lift weights I wouldn't be able to lift them.

fashionhore fashionhore 8 years
Not only for when you are pregnant or have younger children, but for when your children are much older does this work too. My paretns divorced when I was very young and my sister and I were moved around every other year to my moms and then to my dads. Well when we got to be 13, we chose a house, me to my dads and my sister to my moms. My dad is much more healthy and very active, always has been, my mom not at all!I now frequent the gym, cook healthy meals, rarely go out to eat, and make sure to take good care of myself for a healthy future. My sister is in and out of the Dr's office for this or that, never feels up to par for anything, and I don't think she would even know how to do a proper lunge.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
Yah, My parents exercised sporadically and that made my sister and I pretty lazy at a young age. But we now exercise all the time!
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 8 years
This is the main reason I'm trying to step up my fitness game. I want to have a family like ashcwebb's! :-)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
My parents are very active, and taught all three of us to be active as well while we were growing up. And look at us now! My brother is on a provincial ski team, my sister will be making the same ski team this year, and I go to the gym 4-5 days a week and run!
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