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Modeling a healthy lifestyle and teaching your children to have fun with fitness is just as important as teaching them how to eat correctly.
Are you a good athlete? Do you sign up for and then train for 10k races or longer distance triathlons? Do you go to the gym regularly? Is vigorous exercise a routine part of your life?
I think a lot of you answered yes to a lot of those questions.
So then I’ll ask a follow-up question…if you have children - how are you involving them in your healthy lifestyle? Are you focused so much on yourself that you’re not including your children in your training/exercise? Have you “closed off” that part of your life?
Are you talking to your children about eating fruits and vegetables? Do you include them in some of your training sessions? Or sign them up for short, fun, and kid-appropriate events?
I think I was guilty of this for the last several years. While my wife has always modeled healthy eating for our children, I don’t think that we - collectively as a couple - did all that we could to include our children in our fitness routines.
Over the last month, our kids have been competing in the Healthy Kids Running Series near our home. It’s a series of short races (the longest distance is a mile) for kids from 3 years old through 8th grade. My son, 5, ran the 1/2 mile and my daughter, 8, ran the mile. Both of them did very well and we were extremely proud of their effort each week during their races.
As our children prepared for each race, we encouraged them to race hard and have fun - and they did it! Both kids raced against older children so we were not focused on them beating the other children, but simply on their own effort and improving their times each week.
Not only was this a fun event for our whole family, but it also introduced our children to healthy competition in a friendly and fun environment. Both of our children have - in the week since - talked about how much fun they had during the races.
My wife and I were joined by so many other awesome parents at this series of races, and we will continue to look for neat opportunities for our children to compete.
This summer as you prepare for your 5k, 10k, sprint or Olympic distance triathlon, I want to encourage you to look for opportunities for your children as well. Have fun and teach them to enjoy fitness the way that you do.
Talk to you next month.
One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.