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    Posted January 10, 2014 by
    huntsville, Alabama
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    Talking to teens: Healthy bodies

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    It's all about Balance


    It's not easy to talk to your children about good health without sounding preach-y! As a Fitness Instructor for 21+ years, trying to maintain health is just a way of life. It helps to do the things you love; our family hikes, bikes, walks, plays competitive tennis, etc.


    I have tried to teach my teen that food is your fuel - you need it in order to think at school, and perform whatever sport or physical activity you want to pursue that day. It drives me a little crazy when people tell me they don't eat breakfast!


    My teen told me last year that EVERY girl she knew was on a diet - I was a little shocked, because we're talking 7th/8th graders. "Dieting" is not a cycle that produces good health - it's only a short term goal...but a healthy diet, day in and day out...makes you feel good from the inside out. I also believe all things in moderation. If you go out to eat, and your dinner plate looks like the platter you serve your Thanksgiving turkey on, you might want to eat half - and take the other half home.


    In a nutshell, I try to get the point across to my 14 yr old that you can have a few chips, have the chocolate cake (!) just make sure to reward yourself with a long enough walk to elevate your heart rate, and burn some of those cals.


    It's all about balance. Peace.

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