Kindergartners are simply the best, if you ask me! They are so intriguing and their innocence coupled with their ability to truly be in the moment is something I’ve always adored. They say the darndest things and they do even more fascinating things ,which is why I think we can a learn a lot from them when it comes to our health and fitness journeys. So lets go back into time beauties and learn some amazing healthy living tips from Kindergarteners.
1. Earn Your Dessert
“If you eat all your food then you can have dessert.” We’ve all heard this before right? This boundary our parents put on us is the first rule we let go of once we are grown and on our own. Talk about having our cake and eating it too. Now I am not saying we should always clean our plates, because truth be told that is something a lot of kids don’t do- they instinctively eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. However what I am saying is that we start seeing treats as such, not a “I am grown woman, I can eat cookies if I want to.”
2. Anticipate Snack Time
My greatest memory from kindergarten is snack time. I would sit in my little seat after recess patiently waiting for my peanut butter and crackers thinking to myself, “Oh boy this is great!” After all I had double-dutched twice, hula hooped until I was dizzy and even beat a few boys in four square- all in a 20 minutes by the way. Simply put, my hunger was real then – not boredom in disguise like it is now. The body is a machine y’all. We take food in so we can put energy out therefore our consumption should match our physical exertion. Kindergartners understand this and we ought to readopt this.
3. More Recess Please
Recess, also known as exercise in disguise is the reason why childhood obesity wasn’t an issue back in the day. Going outside to play is a kindergartners greatest desire (well at least it used to be). They don’t think, “Man do I have to go run around and have fun. I’m too busy.” True, 5 year olds have very few worries, but their enthusiasm to “play” is something us grown folk can use a bit more of in our lives. The more we can see fitness and working out as fun the more enjoyable it will be, which is why I always encourage my clients to just be active. Whether that means playing tag with your kids or carrying all your bags at the mall instead of taking many trips back and forth to the trunk. All this counts as physical activity, so bring on adult recess please.
4. Have A Bedtime
Staying up past 8:30 was rare back in the day, yet now I can stay up to midnight one night, crash at 9:00 the next and even watch the sun come up on some super fun nights. You too? Well ladies this complicated relationship with our sheets can be causing more harm than good when it comes to our sex life, memory, health, looks, and even our ability to lose weight. So do like you did when you were in kindergarten- have a bedtime and only beak it for slumber parties and days off. Night night, don’t let the bed bugs bite.
5. Take A Risk
The number one reason people don’t see their health and fitness goals come to fruition is due to lack of risk. For instance, you think there is no way you could ever run a 5K or go without carbs at dinner, but 5-year-olds very rarely operate out of fear. Don’t believe me? Hit up your local playground and watch how kids are jumping off slides, making friends with whoever is in the sand pit and engaging in a game of tag (without knowing their competition). Knowing nothing sometimes is everything, cause like kindergartners, faith in self is all we really need to succeed.
Robbie Ann Darby (RAD Experience) is a professional FitGirl, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in NYC. Follow her sweaty life on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more fun health and fitness tips!
Check Out This Gallery Of Our Fave Fit Celebs!
1. Celebrity Fit Club
Celebrities are just as fixated on fitness as we are. Many of them can't wait to share their journey on social media and we're here to eat it all up and figure out their secrets to staying snatched. From Usher to Mo'Nique, check out a few of our fave fit celebs who love to share on social media!
2. Morris Chestnut- On The Treadmill
"Gettin' it in this morn. 6am. #Grindin'"
3. Usher-Run It
"Usain Bolt NO It's Insane Bolt #howUrunit" @howuseeit
4. Angela Simmons-Simple & Effective
"Getting it in @rustin1215_ !!!" @angelasimmons
5. Angela Simmons-Go Deeper!
"No games at all! @rustin1215_" @angelasimmons
6. Angela Simmons-Can't Stop, Won't Stop
"I won't stop! @rustin1215_ is no game !!!" @angelasimmons
7. Angela Simmons-It's A Lifestyle
"It's a lifestyle @rustin1215_ !!! #Teamfitness 😅" @angelasimmons
8. Angela Simmons-Determination Is Key
"Feeling determined after my workout !!! Not stopping till I see the results I want! 👊💪" @angelasimmons
9. Angela Simmons-No Days Off
"No days off !!!! Spin class followed by circuit training !!! 👊 @itskatd !!! O yea!" @angelasimmons
10. Angela Simmons-Morning Training Sessions
"LA mornings with @forcefitnessinc !!! New waistband fun 😍😍" @angelasimmons
11. Angela Simmons-Live Life Out Loud
"I feel alive 😇🌈 @forcefitnessinc" @angelasimmons
12. Angela Simmons-Pose For The Camera
"Saying goodbye to the beach before I head back to Nyc 😇" @angelasimmons
13. Angela Simmons-Bend & Stretch
"Just wrapped my workout !!! Love it's ! Fitness @rustin1215_ 🙏" @angelasimmons
14. Angela Simmons-Ready For Her Close Up
"Going in at the gym @rustin1215_ on the camera :) lol" @angelasimmons
15. Jordin Sparks-The Fit Selfie
"I feel AMAZING after my hike/quiet time. Mind, body & soul! I'm so thankful for everything, where I am today & where I'm going! God is good! On another note, I mixed & matched my outfit...it's weird but I kind of like it. Haha #speezyfitness" @jordinsparks
16. Jordin Sparks-Engages Her Core
"#Speezyfitness Another killer session at the gym! This wheel will be the death of me! Hamstring curl: lift butt in the air & pull your feet towards you in & out, repeat. Keep your core engaged! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
17. Jordin Sparks-Getting It Right & Tight
"#Speezyfitness Another way to use the wheel. Abdominal pike: start in plank position, keeping your core tight. Bring your legs in, keeping them straight & get your butt in the air! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
18. Jordin Sparks-Gaining Weight
"Onto the gym! 20lb weighted vest walking at 3.0 on 30 incline!! Still smiling!! Love this! #getitrightgetittight" @jordinsparks
19. Jason Derulo-Shooting In The Gym
"Undefeated today on that court!!! Yea Boi! I'm NOT loosing in 2014 maybe next year! Ha! My team @romeomiller @thejeremystrong @iamdecarlo" @jasonderulo
20. Jason Derulo-No Gym, No Problem
"They didn't have a pull up bar so I improvised with two small white towels! Intense #fitfam #fit #gym" @jasonderulo
21. Mo'Nique-Always Motivating
"Hey loves. This band is working everything. We have no excuses. A mat and band. Love yall. pic.twitter.com/Pg0ri0kvwH" @moworldwide
22. Mo'Nique-Workin' Those Arms
"Today was all about ARMS. OUCH. Love yall pic.twitter.com/ghRb5kJlM9" @moworldwide
23. Mo'Nique-Keeping It Real, Keeping It Tight
"Hey loves. Okay so I don't want yall to think for a second this a breeze. Babbbby this is kicking my a**. So worth it pic.twitter.com/EMBucuLaKV" @moworldwide
24. Mo'Nique-Makes Us Remember To Work For It
"Hey loves. WORK FOR IT! Love yall for real. pic.twitter.com/T8mXLZmNFy" @moworldwide
25. Mo'Nique-Never Gives Up
"KEEP PUSHING. KEEP GOING. KEEP TRYING. Love yall for real. pic.twitter.com/BhsszGZ0h8" @moworldwide
26. Mo'Nique-Showing Off What Amazing Looks Like
"Hey my loves. Today is amazing. We made it.!!!! Let's Live yall. I love yall to life. pic.twitter.com/rBiZUP7aCm" @moworldwide
27. Keri Hilson-Takin' The Stairs
"stair sprints w/ @spicerpr. I'm beat." @dreamincolor
28. Brandy-Getting It In!
"GINNITT IN!! @hozea and me!! #TheGameSeason7 thank you @guru_of_abs for pushing us today!!!" @4everbrandy
29. Brandy-Making Transformations
"Having the time of my life transforming my body! #hardwork #results #transformation #neverstop #eatclean #okenoughwiththehashtags" @4everbrandy
30. Jeanette Jenkins-She Is The Prototype
"Sometimes you have to change your perspective. ❤️ If you don't like what you are seeing in life then try changing the way you view it. If you look for the positive then you will experience the positive. #positivemind #positiveenergy #perspective #jeanettejenkins #healthyliving" @msjeanettejenkins
31. Jeanette Jenkins-She Plans Ahead To Get Ahead
"Time to schedule your workouts & healthy meals for the week ahead! ❤️👊💪 Week 3 of the #sexyabscardiosculpt with @kellyrowland & #QLChallenge has been posted! We loaded up on more fitness, nutrition & motivation tips! Just click the link in my profile 👆👆www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com and hit blog! 👊❤️💪Stay committed & consistent and you will achieve your goals! ❤️😊#jeanettejenkins #kellyrowland #healthyliving"
32. Jeanette Jenkins-Flexible On Fridays
"It's Flexibility Friday! Congrats to everyone for making it to Friday! ❤️😊💪👊Today's workout in the #SexyAbsCardioSculpt with @kellyrowland & #qlchallenge is the #poweryagadvd or your favorite #yoga or #flexibility workout! You can do it! 😊❤️Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ❤️😁#gratitude #jeanettejenkins #healthyliving #kellyrowland #positiveenergy" @msjeanettejenkins
33. Jeanette Jenkins-Fit Foodie
""Beet, Apple, Carrot, Lemon Ginger Smoothie" is DELICIOUS! 😁❤️The ultimate #LiverCleanse the powerful antioxidants in #beets help detoxify the liver! This smoothie is also incredible for #digestion and fighting #cancer 👊❤️😊 Amazing for the eyes, skin & a great #energy booster! Strengthens the #immune system and helps you feel great! Also a great way to get your kids to eat their beets! Try it!" @msjeanettejenkins
34. Kelly Rowland-She's Got Friends In Fit Places
"WEEK 3 of #SexyAbsCardioSculpt Bootcamp & #QLChallenge is in full effect with me, @msjeanettejenkins & @queenlatifah! You can get a rundown of this week's schedule at KellyRowland.com and TheHollywoodTrainer.com. No pain, no gain! Get it right, get it tight! 👊😘" @kellyrowland
35. Kelly Rowland-Drink Good, Look Good
"#FitnessFriday: I love a fresh green juice or smoothie after my workouts! Try this "Super Rich Smoothie" from my trainer @MsJeanetteJenkins 3-5 Handfuls of Spinach, 1 Apple, 1 Kiwi, 1 handful of Blueberries, 4 Strawberries, 1 Lemon with 1/4 of the lemon peel, 1 inch piece of Ginger, 1cup of water, 5 ice cubesand you can use any blender! It's Delicious & Amazing for your body!" @kellyrowland
36. Kelly Rowland-Abs For Days
"You want it, you got it! We are extending #CyberMonday Sale to Friday! Get 50% off your purchase of #SexyAbsCardioSculpt and all Hollywood Trainer DVD's just in time for our New Year 6 week Bootcamp Challenge! Get your Sexy Abs on with me and @msjeanettejenkins by visiting http://www.TheHollywoodTrainer.com! Go go go go!" @kellyrowland
37. Serena Williams-She Knows How To Hang
"Hanging out after training" @serenawilliams
38. Mary J. Blige-Her Hubby's Getting It In!
"@kenduisaacs getting it in. Third set of ten!!! No pain no getting rid of that Belly fat. Lol. @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
39. Mary J. Blige-Throwin' Them Bows!
"#Hardwork!!!!! @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
40. Mary J. Blige-Getting Them Glutes!
"Gluteus! Gotta get it right! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins" @brooklynnblige
41. Mary J. Blige-Hard Work Pays Off, Look At That Body!
"#hardwork pays!!! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
42. Mary J. Blige--Work Them Arms Girl!
"Getting it IN! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
43. Mary J. Blige-She's Got Legs & She Knows How To Use Them
"Getting it IN!!!!!! @kenduisaacs @themarkjenkins @2daybefit" @brooklynnblige
44. Michelle Obama-Let's Move!
""We need to get our kids moving before, during and after school." —The First Lady with @theretireddroneal at a Let's Move Active Schools event at Orr Elementary in Washington, D.C." @michelleobama
45. Sherri Shepherd-No More Girdles!
"Nobody in this gym but me ... I gotta encourage myself! #givingelipticallove #girdlesoontobegone" @sherrieshepherd
46. Sherri Shepherd-Dance The Pounds Away
"an Amazing @Zumba class w @LotionBars & won another battle w Diabetes! #teamhealth #feelinggood" @sherrieshepherd
47. Khloe Kardashian-She Works Hard Even When She Doesn't Want To
"Wasn't in the mood today but I still pushed through. #SelfMotivate #IThinkICan #fitness" @khloekardashian