Children are watching their parents’ every move, mirroring their every action; if a parent is sedentary, there is a good chance their children will be too. However, parents who exercise with their children on a regular basis are teaching them many valuable lessons-fitness and healthy living.
So the next time there is a social physical activity like the Millennium Marathon which happened last Saturday, do not hesitate to go with the family.
The Millennium Marathon was Ghana’s first International Marathon dubbed “Millennium Marathon 2015”.
It was a sight to behold as thousands gathered at the independence square with their families as others were involved in competitive activities such as the 21K and 5K race.
Below are some photos of how some families showed up for the non-competitive race.
And the photo of the moment was when, this mother decided to keep her baby at the back to participate and finish duely.
A daily exercise program is essential for every child’s normal growth and development. The benefits of exercise are endless, and go deeper than just fighting heart disease and other adolescent risk factors for poor health.
Children who exercise often do better academically and learn how to reduce stress. They are always observing their parents and picking up on their body language, not just their words.
It is imperative that families make time to exercise together so that it eventually becomes part of their routine.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.