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13 Amazing Things About Growing Up With Parents Who Work Out

13 Amazing Things About Growing Up With Parents Who Work Out

It’s fun to go back and reminisce about your childhood. All that freedom, energy and a thirst for learning new things – it really seems like you could accomplish anything at that point. Our parents have a huge influence on us during those formative years, as we look up to them for guidance and try to emulate them. While most people get some decent pointers and pick up a few useful habits and skills form their parents, the kids whose parents work out regularly have some fairly unique benefits.

Of course, we can’t over generalize as each person is different, but most physically active people have some characteristics that can make them good parents. Living under the same roof and growing up with such parents can actually make things fun and interesting, if somewhat unusual at times. Here are some of the amazing things that kids with parents who work out experience.

1. You get to have tons of fun playing around as a family

Dad playing with child

    Most parents are busy with work and when they get home just want to sit back on their comfy sofa and watch some TV while eating snacks. Well, parents who work out actually revel in physical activity, making it a point to include their kids in workouts, yoga session, or just like to jump around and play as if they were kids themselves.

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    2. You learn about patience and discipline early on

    It takes a lot of work to get good at certain movements, be it punching or jumping, and plenty of mental toughness to go through a challenging workout. Over the years this makes you fairly patient and improves your discipline, particularly when your parents set a very good example.

    3. You always have tons of great smoothies in the fridge

    Let’s face it, kids love sweet things, but while most kids drown themselves in tons of unhealthy soda drinks, when your parents are into fitness you get to drink plenty of wonderful natural smoothies instead. There is always a container of fruity goodness lying around in the fridge, and it gives you a great energy boost for the day.

    4. You get to go and play outside all the time

    The problem a lot of modern kids face is that it’s very fun and easy to sit in front of the computer all day, and you rarely get a good chance to go outside and play. However, when your parents are always going to the park to play some Frisbee or catch, going out for a run, going cycling or swimming, you get to have a great deal of fun in the sun with them. It’s a great chance to meet other kids and develop lasting friendships.

    5. You develop focus and learn to keep pushing forward

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    Keep pushing forward

      After learning to push through the pain and keep running, or doing those last few repetitions, you program your brain to work through tough times, think quick under pressure and to accept failure as a natural part of training. The biggest benefit you get from hard training is the specific kind of fighter mentality that you develop during your journey.

      6. You have a fully equipped hiking backpack sitting in a corner of your room

      The thing about having physically fit parents is that they tend to be good at and enjoy doing all sorts of outdoors activities as well. Hiking and picnics are a great family activity as they are both physically taxing and incredibly fun, and being that you often end up going on impromptu hikes when the weather is good, you’ll find yourself packing tons of gear in your backpack and having it standing by the door so that you are ready to move at a moment’s notice. It does add a sense of adventure.

      7. You develop an excellent posture

      I’ve seen plenty of people who have had back problems and mobility issues that were related to bad posture that they developed as kids. They had to spend a lot of time doing corrective exercises and stretches as adolescents and even in their twenties, while kids who exercised regularly with their parents always had excellent posture and never complained about tight muscles or aching joints.

      8. You are forever known as the limber ninja kid

      Having parents who work out regularly means that you pick up some interesting skills while exercising with them. When you can do the splits, cartwheels, handstand walk for several yards and sit in a full lotus position, other kids tend to give you the honorary title of class ninja. It is a prestigious and highly respected title, and it gets you a lot of bonus coolness points, although you are expected to occasionally perform your ninja athletic feats during gatherings.

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      9. You can outrun most of your friends

      Kids running

        It may not seem like a very useful skill to grown-ups, but on the playground being able to outrun other kids can give you a big edge. Being fast is a bonus for any sort of sport, and it’s especially valuable for boys who sometimes tease the girls and have to run for their lives when they get angry at them.

        10. You start to understand that good things take hard work and dedication

        You can’t really get really good at something if you just go at it once or twice a week for a couple of months. While kids tend to be hyperactive, and have a lack of focus, they can also dedicated a lot of time to something if they really want to develop a certain skill. With proper motivation and with your parents there to push you forward, you quickly learn that hard work really pays off, but takes a bit of time.

        11. You get to taste truly healthy breakfast cereal

        All cereals are marketed as a part of a nutritious breakfast, or they at least shove the word “breakfast” in front so you’ll feel it’s only natural to eat a bowl of cereal in the morning. However, most of the breakfast cereals out there are full of high fructose corn syrup and are not exactly nutritious. Parents who work out and care about their figure will have a stash of organic cereals, nuts, as well as fresh, dried or dehydrated fruit, which allows you to mix up your own unique breakfast treat. Not only are they delicious, but they make you feel good and energized.

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        12. You know the Latin names for parts of the human anatomy at 7 years old

        An interesting side-effect of being around the fitness world from a very young age is that you won’t be able to just say my arm is sore – you get very specific when talking about body parts, and throw around terms like biceps, deltoids, supinate, abductors, thoracic, and so on. At first it will sound jumbled up and weird, as you won’t be able to speak your mother tongue very effectively either until a certain age, but with time you will come to slightly annoy your classmates and friends when you spout Latin words in the middle of a sentence. On the bright side, a lot of people will be impressed by how smart you sound.

        13. You tend to deal with bumps and bruises very well and heal up fast

        Kids run around all the time and they tend to get cuts, bumps, bruises and fractures, but when you keep your body active and eat right you suffer far less serious injuries. You might trip and fall hard, only to dust yourself off and keep going. All the healthy food your parents have you eat and all the exercise you do ensure that you develop strong bones and an impeccable immune system. You’ll get sick from time to time, but it never lasts for more than a day.

        I guess growing up in different environments results in different benefits, but when it comes to developing overall health, mental fortitude and good work ethics, nothing beats having parents who work out regularly. They set a great example, and prefer to teach by doing. There are tons of little things that you pick up in that kind of family that can be very useful for you later in life.

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        Ivan Dimitrijevic

        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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        Last Updated on September 28, 2020

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

        Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

        One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

        When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

        So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

        Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

        This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

        Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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        When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

        Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

        One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

        Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

        An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

        When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

        Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

        Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

        We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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        By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

        Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

        While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

        I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

        You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

        Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

        When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

        Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

        Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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        Con #2: Less Human Interaction

        One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

        Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

        Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

        This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

        While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

        Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

        Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

        This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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        For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

        Con #4: Unique Distractions

        Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

        For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

        To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

        Final Thoughts

        Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

        We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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