Welcome to this week’s theme from pluggz: Wellness as a family affair!
Ever wonder why you gained some weight when your diet didn’t change in the slightest? That’s because you absorbed the energy from someone else, whether that person was stressed, depressed, sad, happy, etc.
You know, you can even pick it up in a shopping mall, just by being around other shoppers.
AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHY WELLNESS SHOULD BE A FAMILY AFFAIR
It’s often said, “You don’t learn it from strangers.”
Family members exert a powerful influence over each other, and it often goes without notice even when it’s obvious, such as an overweight and inactive kid or a child who picks up a parent’s smoking habit or a tendency toward reckless driving. And all parents, men and women, have experienced the weight gain that comes with having a baby, with regular feedings and encouraging the child to eat.
And it’s a time-honored tradition—but a not-so-healthy one—to use food as a punishment or reward for the child!
So whatever you’re feeling or doing, chances are your kids will, too—and that goes for the pets, too, especially now that they are more and more seen as part of the family; they have many of the same lifestyle-based diseases as us, and their obesity rates have gone through the roof By the way, one veterinarian once said that if someone comes in with an overweight animal, the first thing he does is look at the owner! Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?
Fun foods, staying active, playing outside, healthy snacks and more—these are all things that will help increase fitness, decrease obesity-related health problems and keep every healthy in mind, body and spirit.
And you don’t usually learn that from strangers, either—and we are, after all, raising the next generation of adults.