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New Mums are Unhealthy!

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Parenting, Health , Tags: childbirth, exercise, fitness, healthy eating, mothers, toddlers, wellbeing

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Parents of young children lead an unhealthy lifestyle, according to recent research.  Despite the notion that parents of toddlers spend their whole lives running after the little ones trying to catch them and keep them out of trouble, they are, in fact, not exercising enough.

The study has shown that parents of toddlers eat less healthily than their childless counterparts. Women with children drink more sugary drinks and eat fattier foods according to scientists and they are less active than women of a similar age who don't have children.

This is partly because they tend to choose the quick, less healthy option when it comes to eating because they simply don't have the time or energy to do any different, and they miss out on exercise because of being too tired, busy or having no childcare.

The research was undertaken at the University of Minnesota and published in the journal Pediatrics. The study was carried out to help identify whether parents of young children are at risk and whether they would benefit from advice on diet, exercise and healthy living.

The study looked at the lives of 1,500 adults aged around 25, many of whom were parents with children under five. On average the mothers consumed nearly 400 calories each day more than their childless counterparts. In order to prevent weight gain they should be exercising even more (walking about 3 miles a day) to counter balance. However, in reality they were exercising less than 2 hours a week at a moderate pace.

There are limitations to the findings:

  • The study did not show how many women had just had their babies and therefore had retained their baby/pregnancy weight.
  • There was no information on single parents and the effect of having just one parent in the home.
  • There was no information on the psychological health of the women who if suffering from depression may have experienced odd eating habits etc.

These are interesting findings and we would welcome more information on how we should look after ourselves after childbirth.



Go Play Outside!

Permalink by Tikal, Categories: Health, Family , Tags: activities, fitness, fun, get active, health, outdoors

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The weather is warmer, the kids want to go out, but what can you do and why bother doing physical activity when you can just stay indoors?  It's important to encourage youngsters to get active and get used to the idea of doing physical activity.  Here are a few reasons why its important to do activities with children of all ages, because it helps them to:

  1. Be happy and have fun
  2. Sleep well at night
  3. Pay attention and learn at school
  4. Keep fit
  5. Grow strong and  healthy
  6. Make new friends and try new things
  7. Become less stressed and anxious
  8. Control their behaviour
  9. Express themselves

How much exercise you do depends on you, but the advice is that it should be about an hour a day.  Sound a lot?  It's not really when you look at what's included:-

  1. Walking to school
  2. Swimming lessons
  3. Sports and dancing
  4. Physical games e.g. skipping rope, trampolining
  5. Climbing, physical play at a park

How can you help?

  • Undertake activities together: try and do a family walk in the woods, or a family cycle ride every now and then
  • Set tasks and challenges for your children to achieve, eg. run on the spot for 2 minutes, run between 2 chairs 10 times, throw and catch a ball 5 times
  • Use your imagination: try doing some funny running or walking; run like a penguin with your legs together, waddle like a duck, gallop like a horse etc
  • Try something unusual: let your children choose something new, eg. yoga, rugby, tumble time
  • Help your child with basic skills so they feel confident and happy to build on those skills eg. ball throwing, skipping, running and jumping
  • Praise and give lots of positive feedback
  • Get some simple equipment to help them eg. scooters, skipping ropes, hula hoops, skittles

So, get outside and have some fun!

 



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