Healthy Habits

Kids (and Grandkids) Can Keep You Young…Take Advantage!

Hey there, all you amazing parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles! We know that taking care of a child is a big responsibility that demands a lot of hard work and dedication. But amidst all that hustle and bustle, there’s a fantastic opportunity that often goes unnoticed. It’s the chance to reconnect with the joys of youth and rediscover the many wonders it holds.

Children are perpetual bundles of energy; it’s how they explore and learn about the world. During those early years, their brains and bodies are in overdrive, soaking up every experience they encounter. They’re developing problem-solving skills, honing fine and gross motor abilities, mastering communication, and expressing their creativity. Youth is a magical time, and if you’re fortunate enough to be part of it as an adult, don’t let it slip away.

If you have an infant or toddler, here’s a tip: get down on their level! Lie on your back or side and engage with them. It’s a fantastic way to gently stretch your spine and hips, almost like a mini yoga session. Crawling, scooting, and sitting on the floor in various positions can work wonders for your core strength and flexibility, regardless of your age. Children don’t worry about “perfect form”; they’re driven by curiosity and excitement. So, let their energy guide you!

Kids may be small, but they navigate a big world. Climbing stairs or crawling onto couches may seem insignificant, but for them, it’s a big achievement. It’s also a vital part of building strength and coordination from every angle. They constantly switch between different toys, using both their hands (and feet), and adjusting their speed and effort level. They’re laying the foundation for physical prowess, something we adults often find challenging to recreate.

Join in on all the activities you can. Chase them around and have a friendly race. Dance, make music, and sing along to their favorite songs. Embrace whatever sport or game they dream up, and play along with enthusiasm. Jump over imaginary cracks, climb on pretend rocks – follow their lead! Notice how naturally and effortlessly they move. They change their pace, stride, and foot positions without a second thought. They use both hands for everything, from reaching for objects to throwing them. They break into spontaneous stretches or flop down on the ground. It’s a glimpse into the purest form of functional movement and exercise. So, seize every opportunity you get!

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