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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 May 21, 2019

        13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

        13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

        Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

        Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

        Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

        1. Stress Eating

        I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

        While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

        I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

        If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

        How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

        2. Nail Biting

        Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

        People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

        Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

        For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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        3. Hanging out with Naysayers

        We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

        Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

        Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

        4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

        Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

        While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

        Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

        Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

        5. Smoking

        Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

        In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

        Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

        Smoking risks

          6. Excessive Drinking

          All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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          According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

          • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
          • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
          • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
          • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
          • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

          If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

          If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

          7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

          Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

          If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

          A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

          “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

          And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

          While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

          Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

          Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

          8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

          There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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          In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

          Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

          Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

          9. Watching Too Much TV

          I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

          Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

          Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

          It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

          10. Being Late

          Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

          Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

          Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

          11. Being in Bad Relationships

          Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

          I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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          Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

          12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

          Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

          Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

          Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

          By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

          Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

          13. Focusing on the Negatives

          In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

          Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

          Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

          And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

          The Bottom Line

          So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

          Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

          Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

          Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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