A recent study found that people with children under 18
years old are less likely to exercise, and more likely to be overweight or
obese, which, is absolutely no surprise.
Most people are hustling to work, pay the bills, cook, clean
and take care of their children, so when exactly are they supposed to find time
to exercise? I can hardly find time and I've only got myself to take care of,
not 3+ other people.
According to , people
with kids aged 0 to 4 were hit the hardest. Around 28 percent said they exercised
for 30 minutes a day "no days per week," compared with about 25
percent of those with no children.
with a child 18 years old or younger were also less likely to report exercising
five days a week. Parents of 5- to 18-year-olds suffer the most when it comes
to obesity, according to the report. About 26.5 percent had a body mass index
(BMI) that put them in the obese category, and 35.8 percent fell into the
overweight category. For those with no children under the age of 18, 24.3
percent were obese and 32.2 percent were overweight.
results of this study are a no-brainer. Knowing it's an issue is the easy part,
finding a solution is the hard part. The easiest way, it seems, to get some
exercise is to promote it in your children. Go outside for a walk everyday
after dinner, while they ride their bikes. This is great especially while the
daylight lasts late.
take the kids to the park and workout while they play. WD even has a series of
videos "Workout Routine: Exercises for the Park," to give you ideas. Or
you can take the kids hiking, or biking. For great options in your area, check
point is you don't want your kids to fall into bad health habits, so you have
to teach by example. It's also a lot more fun when you get the whole family
outside. So cut out a few movie nights and get the family outdoors for a little
- Alexandra Gekas,