Small Steps To Start

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Kathy Walking Down The Stairs

Here at The Good Food Campaign we’re all about good healthy food, and aren’t a fitness site.

However, it is important to remember that as well as eating sensibly, it’s also important to take some exercise too. Aside from keeping your weight down, regular exercise can help prevent diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.

It doesn’t have to cost anything to exercise. You don’t have to spend money on gym subscriptions. If money is tight,  a half hour walk around the block is free.

You can start off with small steps (well perhaps not literally!). What we mean is that you don’t have to go headlong into a fitness regimen, anymore than you have to go from a 3,000 calorie a day diet to a 1,000 one overnight. Your body will loudly, and painfully, protest at either!

As with tackling diet, perhaps reducing your portion size a little at a time, perhaps one less potato on your dinner plate, you can do the same with exercise. Don’t start off trying to walk ten miles from the get-go. Just take a short 15 min walk, and then as the days go by, make it a little longer; walk a little faster, or both.

If you need some mutual support, then perhaps exercising with a friend, a neighbor, or your partner will help.

Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate over it, as that’s a big failing of the couch potato!

Fat Kids

Have you heard “Oh, it’s ok, it’s just baby fat!” ?

Well, baby-fat turns into ‘puppy’ fat which turns into adult fat. Kids that are overweight, are more likely to turn into adults that remain overweight.

It can sometimes be traced to genetics, but it’s more often down to too much food, particularly junk food, and too little exercise.

Kids used to play in the street, or at the park, and more and more now sit in front of the computer, TV, or games console for hours on end instead.

Kids don’t need to be put on fancy diets either. That can often promote unhealthy ideas later in life, and give kids the impression that they need to be picky and fussy about what they eat. It’s good for parents to lead by example. No good telling junior they shouldn’t eat candy or fast food junk and should exercise if they frequently see you snacking on chocolate or pizza while not moving from the couch all day.

It’s no going to work if you suddenly decide to go on a healthy eating regime, and expect them to follow along without protest either.

Just stop buying one or two items. Cut back on chips. Let them have one bag a week, not three bags a day. The same with soda. It works best for ourselves, and for kids too, if we’re gradually weaned off the junk.

Try and make time to sit at the dinner table and eat, not at the TV. It promotes family conversation too, and gives you an opportunity to show enthusiasm for healthy options, by talking about them. Educate kids about what is best for them, but don’t ban them from junk totally or they’ll simply rebel and go buy it with their allowance behind your back in any case.

Often too, it’s good to cut back on portion size. Remember that your body takes about 20 mins to tell your brain that’s it’s full, so try and eat more slowly. Make it more of a family event, rather than the latest TV episode. You’ll all enjoy your food more, and less food will be more filling, and without feeling stuffed and bloated afterward.