As moms, we are one of the most important role models in our children’s lives. If we model healthy behaviors, including eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise, our children are likely to follow our lead. According to new research from Washington State University, a mom's eating habits and behavior at the dinner table can influence her preschooler's obesity risk. By altering these habits and behaviors, we can reduce obesity risk (along with associated health problems like high blood pressure, respiratory issues and sleep apnea) for ourselves and our families. The following article has great tips on how to make these healthy changes . . .
If you’re a mom, I’m guessing you have some (ok, maybe a lot) of days when you’re feeling stressed out. Did you know that exercise is one of the most effective stress relievers? It pumps up the production of endorphins, your brain’s “feel good” neurotransmitters. It decreases cortisol, your body’s “stress” hormone. And it’s like “meditation in motion” because you focus on the single task of moving your body. All of these things reduce your stress level and leave you better able to handle whatever life throws at you.
Lisa Fleming is a professional Health Coach who is certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She is the author of "Exercising Mom." She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children.