Friday, February 7, 2014
Fitness Friday: Modeling Behavior
No, I'm not talking about the catwalk. I am far from that and am not about the critique anyone who is. What I am talking about is the modeling behavior that children do. They often love to emulate the behavior of those around them, especially those that they look up to and physical fitness values can be among the things they emulate.
My kids often hear me say I am going to a fitness class or they are in the childcare when I am taking the class or they see me after I come home from a run, but sometimes I forget to include them in working out with me.
Sometimes they will just go grab a yoga mat when they see me doing a video at home and join in, but I need to ask them to. They might like the feeling of being included in my exercise. But I also notice that when I use our home gym, if I distract them from a screen they are using they will come downstairs with me and exercise on some other piece of equipment while I run on the treadmill. They don't usually stay the whole time, but usually about half. They like the encouraging words I tell them as I run and they like using the equipment (they are young, so they are not allowed to use any of it yet without supervision.
I invite everyone to invite your child to come model your physical fitness behavior. Start instilling values about keeping a healthy body by showing them how.