Are You Making Your Kids Sedentary?

Mothers lead a busy life, and many times their lives are not as active as they once were. This inactivity affects their children in a negative way.

According to studies, mothers are less active than they were fifty years ago.

And rightfully so. Her time is filled with the demands of modern living from driving her child from activity to activity, not to mention the daily feeding, bathing, changing, caring and mothering. Her day is filled with responsibilities, leaving limited time for herself. But, a new study shows that a mother should take note of her activity levels as these influence her children.

Researchers observed 554 mothers of children who were four years old and utilized lightweight heart monitors on the children and their mother. The results showed a direct correlation between a mother’s activity and a child’s activity. The more active mom was, the more active her children were.

So, instead of driving to preschool or to the park, consider a walk or bike ride. If bad weather is an issue, you can start a dance party or pillow fight to keep the heart pumping. Instead of taking the elevator, climb the stairs. Park your car far from store entrances for extra activity. Little actions can add up. You can even wear a pedometer to track your steps. You’ll be helping yourself stay fit and show your children through example the importance of daily activity.

Mothers lead a busy life, and many times their lives are not as active as they once were. This inactivity affects their children in a negative way.