“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas” -Paula Poundstone
Children have what we want- they are fit, energetic, happy, and full of life. What can children teach us about being healthier and stronger?
1. Children run. The minute they're done crawling they're zipping around, jumping and skipping, as any ragged mom can attest. We need spring in our step, a quick pace and to be light on our toes.
2. They stop eating when full.
3. They eat small frequent meals.
4. They drink often.
5. Because of their hydration and mini-meals, they go potty frequently. We should do the same- this cleans out our system, expels toxin build-up, and keeps us light and in good humor.
6. They will especially eat food they prepare on their own- try new recipes.
7. They like to eat outside, and they eat heartily, with passion. Enjoy your food!
8. Kids get 8-10 hours of sleep. Adults need the same for peak performance.
9. They play with others well. Surround yourself with other happy, healthy people.
10. They are happy, rarely negative or harboring grudges. Let it go.
11. They find joy in doing new tasks with their bodies; they are not ashamed they don't know how to do something already. Translate: try the Zumba, yoga, rock climbing or speed skating class you've been dreaming of.
13.Children are limber. This gives them their speed and grace.
14.They love being outside- connect with nature, even in your backyard.
Once a neighbor told me she watched my two year eat an apple. My little girl relished in the fruit, and with her squirrel-like little paws ate the whole darn thing, core and all. My friend (over 50 years old) then went out and did the same, trying to appreciate and experience the apple like a child. It took my neighbor appreciating my child to open my eyes to the possibility that I could learn as much, if not more, from my children than they learn from me. Result? I'm a happier, healthier, younger mommy.