In this video I talk with Liz Hall about strategies for helping your kids establish health habits. Liz is a fitness professional and mother of two and shares some really powerful advice and ideas for incorporating fun exercise, games and nutrition for parents who want to help their children establish life long healthy habits.
Thank you Steve for having me here. I’m Liz Hall I’m super excited to be on this group and to be invited to share tips with you guys.
A little bit about myself, I’m actually born and raised here in California and I do have two young kids I have four-year-old and a six-year-old and my background is in fitness. I’ve been in the fitness industry for 20 years.
I’ve always been very active I was an athlete growing up so I was always very into fitness. I always loved kind of like how incredible our human body is and what it’s capable of performance wise and things like that.
I went to school for kinesiology exercise science so learning more about what the body is capable of doing and all that kind of stuff and then so I ended up having a career path where I was in personal training for 20 years helping others get healthy.
When I became a mom I obviously very much instilled it into my kids from when they were in my in my belly. I mean I was like making sure
I was eating the best foods and things like that when my kids were born as soon as they started eating solids I was very very in tuned in what I was feeding my kids. I even waited two years for my daughter to have any kind of refined sugars.
Tips to Help Your Kids Establish Healthy Habits
The biggest thing is that I really discuss with them healthy foods versus treats. Having treats are good, fine and dandy but at the same time you really want to fuel your body with as much healthy food as possible so that’s always been my number one thing of how I’ve instilled healthy eating from the very beginning.
My background is in fitness and funny thing is my husbands also in fitness too so we’re a pretty active family. My kids are super active so we literally take them outside to the park a couple times a day. When they’re out and active they are free to run and spend all that (kid) energy! Getting their energy out makes them happier.
I also try my best to limit screen time and really set timers on that so they’re not glued to it. It can be a real drain on their energy and it’s also super addictive.
When we go to a park in open grass areas we’ll do family races we’ll kick the ball around. We’ll play a silly game of whatever and just kind of make things up. I try to make it fun and make it kind of a family affair.Rest of the Transcript
all right i believe we are live awesome very excited um so if you are joining us live welcome if you are on the replay welcome i'm here with uh liz hall really excited to have uh liz joining us today all the way from the other side of the country she's on the west coast is that right you're on the west side yeah um and liz is a fitness professional and she's also a mom of two awesome little kiddos and she's gonna share her um you know tips with us today strategies just on how to create a healthy lifestyle uh for your kids or help your kids create a lifestyle um and uh liz can you just tell us a little bit about your your background maybe yeah for sure well thank you steve for having me here i'm liz hall i'm super excited to be on this group and to be invited to pretend to share tips with you guys yes a little bit about myself i'm actually born and raised here in california and um i do have two young kids i have a four-year-old and a six-year-old and my background is in fitness i've been in the fitness industry for 20 years it's crazy to say it out loud that it's been that long but 20 years um i've always been very active i was an athlete growing up um so i was always very into fitness and i always loved kind of like how incredible our human body is and what it's capable of performance wise and things like that and um so i i've always been into that and when i went i went to school for kinesiology exercise science so learning more about what the body is capable of doing and all that kind of stuff and then yeah so i ended up having a career path where i was in personal training for 20 years helping others get healthy getting fit building their confidence and things like that so my foundation was pretty strong like pretty much all my life so then when i became a mom i obviously very much instilled it into my kids from when they were in my in my belly basically i mean i was like making sure i was eating the best foods and things like that when my kids were born as soon as they started eating solids like it was just i i was very very in tuned in what i was fueling my kids with um i even waited two years for my daughter to have any kind of refined sugars like i was pretty obsessive about it and i know not everyone thinks about it to that extent but just to be completely candid and honest like that's kind of how i i started with my kids from very very very beginning um so they they don't know any difference i mean yes i do give them indulgent indulgences and treats and things like that they're not completely sheltered from any of that i mean they go to kids parties all the time and have cake and candy and things like that but the biggest thing is what is that i really discuss with them um healthy foods versus treats and having treats are good and fine and dandy and they're taste yummy and they're so good but at the same time like you really want to fuel your body with as much healthy food as possible so that's always been my number one thing of how i've instilled it from the very beginning that's awesome i love that so you i mean it's it's that approach of just really just talking to them even at an early age i mean you have those are those are pretty pretty little kids that you've got but you're still talking to them um and just kind of educating them on moderation kind of yes yes exactly moderation the quality of the food like what they're eating and things like that so um and when they understand like the difference and it's not um they get it like they're like okay can i have this treat today like sure like okay we'll have a treat today will be a you know you can have a treat today like that one treat and things like that but let's first let's first feed our body with healthy food that's what our body really needs for you know and explaining that like what our body really needs versus like okay the fun stuff and like the candies and things like that so yeah yeah great that's awesome so and and what has your experience been you know i i know i sometimes i'll talk to um my parents and i and this has happened to me before too where i know that once i get my kids outside and doing something active and fun whoops i think i lost it there for a second um i can still hear you though so that's good okay there you go it's like it's like a power outage i don't know that's okay um uh i know that once i get my kids outside doing something active and something fun they love it it's the hard part is sometimes getting them to do that which is kind of true for adult sometimes too it's hard for us to motivate to go exercise so do you have any uh tips or strategies for just getting kids moving and getting kids active yes sorry i'm taking you guys with me i had to open the door for the family okay yes tips on getting moving and exercise so as i said mentioned that my background's in fitness and funny thing is my husband's also in fitness too so we're pretty active family as you can hear my kids are home now that i hear every day but um so we're very active family my kids are super active oh cool we want to say hello hi guys say hi my kids oh my my we're really active family my kids are super active so literally taking them outside to the park like two times a day at least um because when they're out and active and free to run and to spend that energy that they have naturally as kids they're just happier they're happier kids we are happier that they're not all over us like the entire time like cooped up in the house and um so i really um get them outside to move around as much as possible um i really do try my best in limiting like screen time and really setting timers on that so they're not like glued to that because that's really draining on their energy and it's also like super super addictive to do that and so yeah really um setting timers and strong strong boundaries on that um and making activity fun um so we started getting the kids and starting like organized sports starting soccer like tennis little different things like that and see how they gravitate to it how they like it um when we go to a park in open grass areas we'll do family races we'll kick the ball around we'll play just you know a silly game of whatever we'll just kind of make things up and just make it fun and make it kind of a family affair that's awesome i have to remember seeing a video that you had posted on your instagram i think of you uh chasing after them and catching them or something it looks like you guys are having a great time and that actually um uh i think that brings up a great point too what you said about when when kids are getting that energy out of themselves and they're burning all that stuff off with their activity there's happier people in general and especially right now with everybody kind of shut down and hunkered down and stuff that's got to be critically important for them exactly exactly so yeah since we can't go to the other things that we're used to whether it's even going to like those indoor playgrounds or going to yeah things like that or as of you know birthday parties and stuff like that so all of that's really limited right now so it's like you have to find other ways of being active going on hikes going oh we would go for walks around the neighborhood a lot going for bike rides um doing that as a family and that makes it fun um just something just to get outdoors and you just have to kind of get creative and on a almost on a kid level so like chasing the kids like kids love to be chased like making a game out of it yeah you know so they love that and then it gets everyone moving family moms and dads are moving and kids are moving so it comes becomes like a whole um you know everyone's getting healthy together and just moving their body together and i talk to my kids about exercise i talk to they see me working since the gyms are closed you know so i've been working out in our garage so i'll work out in the garage and we have a little open space in front of our garage kind of like a kind of like a little mini cul-de-sac and the kids will ride their bike around so i'm getting my workout in their plane and they're watching me work out and they understand like k mommy's working out and they were like hey mom i want to work out with you okay like so then i'll give him a few little exercises like my daughter will start writing on a whiteboard like okay i'm going to do 10 jumping jacks i'm going to do um five burpees and so she knows like some of the lingo and the words and so it's kind of like as a parent if like you're doing it and being that role model for your kids your kids are literally like it's just almost like you don't have to pull teeth to do it they just want to they'll emulate what you're doing you know they look up to they look up to us so um they're going to want to do those things and so it's cute to see my kids like want to get involved in our workouts that's fun that is that that's super um you know i love that that you know it's really about leading by example and this could be a great motivation for parents to to get out there and exercise i mean if you're not if you're not motivated to do it for yourself do it for your kids and exactly yeah they'll follow you so that's awesome i love that that's so true i love that she knows burpees too that's crazy i know these kids can nail a burpee down really well i was impressed like i think i don't remember teaching in that but yeah they can do burpees really well they just pick it up from watching uh watching mom and dad yeah that's awful well that doesn't really do puppies but i don't know about that yeah they see mommy yeah i i hate burpees they're terrible uh they're great for you i just agree so you know we were talking before we kind of went went live here we were talking about the whole homeschooling thing and how parents have been thrown into this um this world where we have to be a teacher also and i know in schools it's really important that the kids are moving throughout the day again they've just got so much more energy than we do do you have any tips for parents that are kind of homeschooling their kids now and how to just incorporate some movement into the day yes i have you just reminded me of a great game i played with them went during homeschooling during spring so for pe at home i came up with this game and i have this cup and inside i made this perfectly was perfectly here and the perfect time for me to share this so i did a bunch of strips of paper and i wrote different exercises on each of them so they each took a turn they they made it even more fun like they took a wallet and they were doing you know tossing in the air who would go first whoever got one goes first they would pick a piece of paper and then read it and says jump up and down five times and then they would do it they'd move it again and they would next person goes and they read the next exercise okay run in place you know so they like this thing was full of different exercises and the kids loved it it was a good 30 minutes of them exercising and doing all these different things so that was a really fun pe exercise that um that was good for them they got all their wiggles out they were exhausted i mean i we have stairs so i had them running 10 stairs um and doing like bear crawls to the room um push-ups um whatever whatever you like standing on one leg and singing the alphabet standing on the other leg singing twinkle twinkle little star like whatever like things like that and getting creative and the kids had a ball so just having fun different exercises for pe pe for high school right pe for home school yeah that's fantastic i love that now and you know the other thing before we run out of time i wanted to ask you about is how how important is it um because we're talking about lifelong habits here how important is it to really get your kids started down this road now um you know does it you know i just i mean just to love to think that you know my kids at my age are going to be working out and exercising and great health and just very active is that is that important to get them started early like this oh gosh absolutely the earlier the better i mean if you didn't start super early start just start now like whenever you can start just start because kids are very especially i mean when they're really young they i mean they you know we all know that they're like sponges right so they absorb so much when they're young so if you can start them as young as possible but whatever age that they're at just get them started and because it's a little harder as they're getting older and they get stuck in their ways like we all get stuck in our ways as we get older right so just like make it a family affair that's why like involving parents and kids to do it together don't just like point at your kid and like okay you need to start doing that when you don't do it yourself right so that's why if you can make it a family affair and you all get involved together um and then it's like an accountability thing you guys okay mom like mom you can do this like if mom's slacking like you know the son can pick you know pick up mom and like come on mom let's do this or dad's liking or the kid you know you can all just kind of pull and work together and it just brings like a more close-knit environment between you guys as a family to do it together so whatever age you are you can totally start and then but i just feel like as you would get as like the kids or older to make it more of a family unit i mean yes we really made it a family unit like from the very beginning but i'm just saying like any at any age you can definitely start um yeah and just making it like a together family unit that you guys can all do it together that's great so it's i mean it's another benefit too it's a it's kind of a bonding thing for the family it's something fun that the whole family does together and yeah i love it that's awesome that's great um if you had uh we're almost out of time but uh it's not like we're out of time i just try to keep it to 15 minutes yes um but if you had if you had one one tip that you think could help somebody out there that says you know my my kids really kind of turning into a couch potato and i don't want that to happen i really want them to be healthy either nutritionally or active or physical what's what's one you know one main tip that you think could really have a big impact oh gosh that's a good question hard to give one but when it comes to food for exam i would say getting creative on things that like your kids whatever your kid's favorite is say it's mac and cheese that's usually a favorite or pizza trying to make a healthier version of it or adding veggies to the mac and cheese adding cut up spinach to the mac and cheese um adding veggies to your pizza or cutting like down on the on the cheese and maybe switching your crust to a cauliflower crust trying that just trying little switches and changes um because i know it's hard to switch a palette of the kids who has are set in their ways with what they like or they could be very picky eaters um so trying little additions to the foods that they like um and just kind of working that way and just kind of being patient i know um it takes a lot of patience with kids and like getting them acclimated to something when they maybe they've never tried anything like that before so just being patient and giving them time to get used to it don't just give up the one time the second time the third time like just keep trying keep doing it i mean even as as adults like it takes a lot some time to get acquired to a taste and eventually you might like it so it's just and you're thinking about changing this habit for your child so it's going to take some time um that would be my tip for food and for for actually would go kind of go hand in hand with the physical activity too um start by just like taking you know a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood with your child and you know as a parent putting your phone away and you know if it's you know and just like spending that quality time and being able to chat with your kids um and then working your way up to 20 minutes okay mom let's like let's let's ch let's set up a family challenge let's see if we can do this you know i don't know run around our neighborhood in like 10 minutes i don't know something like that to like make it a challenge and i think like i think with older kids they kind of like that like having like that challenge like oh yeah you can't beat mom like i'll do that i can do that you know make it like a friendly competition amongst the family i think that will kind of turn things around where it's not like okay we gotta go exercise let's go exercise you know instead of taking that word take that word out and make it kind of like a fun challenge for that's the fun thing yeah that's awesome those are those are amazing uh tips liz thank you so much for that um and i i love it and uh if um uh if people wanna uh to learn more about you and maybe follow you on instagram can you can you uh tell us your instagram handle or where they can find you sure it is lizzie l-i-z-z-i-e hall h-a-l-l-25 i can i can post on the page right oh yeah yeah yeah so i can post it too just in case i'm pretty sure great yeah i think it would be great because yeah i i love your instagram stuff you're always doing workouts and things like that and some of your tick tocks you're a great dancer today so that's good thanks that's nice and you're very brave i don't do anything cool well thanks again liz it was uh super fun here i really appreciate you doing that of course thank you for having me okay stick around for a second we'll we'll stop going live but we'll be there okay bye
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