It’s Crucial to Focus on Fitness for A Family Legacy

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become more important than ever before.  With the increase in chronic disease like diabetes and heart disease, being aware of our well-being is important.  It’s crucial to focus on fitness for a family legacy.

A legacy is living life in a way the leaves a long-lasting impact.  When talking about leaving a legacy, one often thinks about financial stability that is passed on to children.  However, health is also a significant part of the legacy.  If one prioritizes family health, they are setting an example for their children to follow.  When healthy habits are passed down to children, it can create a generational ripple effect. 

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym or following a strict diet. It’s about the small changes that make a big difference. 

Be Active

Get in the habit of taking a walk or bike ride after dinner.  Physical activity can be fun family time rather than a chore.  Children mimic what adults do.  It is like reading a book. A child is more likely to read when they see a parent read a book.  A child is also more likely to value exercise and activity when they see a parent doing the same. 

A recent study (JAMA Neurology) found that walking about 4-5 miles (10,000 steps accumulated throughout the day) is linked to less cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, heart failure).

Healthy Eating

Make a new healthy recipe together.  Set boundaries for unhealthy foods.  Examples for this can be: one can of pop a day/week, candy/sugar after one meal (not all day), drink water with meals. These examples are not restrictions or diets.  They are the guidelines of how a family can choose to eat.

Mental Health

Healthy fitness and eating habits can also have mental health benefits.  Exercise releases endorphins which can improve mood and reduce stress.  Healthy nutrients are needed for proper brain function. 

It’s crucial to focus on fitness for a family legacy.  It can affect the wellbeing of future generations. Small changes in daily routines can make a significant impact on health and the health of children.  Prioritizing fitness and healthy habits set positive examples and creates a legacy that goes beyond material possessions.

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