After I wrote my last article My Birth Story: The Day I Almost Died it put me in a complete funk that caused an epic writers block. Apparently there is nothing more shocking to your nervous system than reliving your near death experience. I knew on some level it would have that effect but I had been trying to share that story since May (pre-eclampsia awareness month) but couldn’t. Finally, I just had to take the plunge. Regardless of the discomfort it may have caused me it served one important point: to help others.
In fact, that story isn’t over, there is much more to it. How it physically effected my daughter and how it both physically and mentally effected me. Yet, when I wrote just that one small piece of our story, it opened a gaping and gushing wound. When I was done writing I was literally trembling. I took a break from social media for several days and skipped my planned blog post for Monday. For now I’m going to let my wound scab over and encourage rehealing with some deep prayerful meditation.
Now the part that helps you…
If you have ever had pre-eclampsia it means that you are at a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease later in life. But even if you have never had pre-eclampsia you may still be at risk for developing cardiovascular disease or perhaps you already have it?
“Risk factors” are conditions that put you at a higher risk for developing a disease.
Cardiovascular Disease Risk factors
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Diabetes and prediabetes
Being overweight or obese
Being physically inactive
Having a family history of early heart disease
Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy
Age (55 or older for women) (Source:NIH)
Health and Fitness
After nearly dying I really started to focus on my own health and fitness. Overtime my children began to pick up on my healthy habits. Which was a pleasant surprise but it also gave me another perspective.
Health and fitness isn’t just for you, it is for your whole family.
What your children see you do they will model. Observing you exercising and watching you eat healthy will set the stage for their health well into adulthood.
Health Fitness & Homeschool
Which brings me to my next point; homeschooling is more than just academics, at least that is my perspective. As I’ve evolved as a mother, my vision for my children’s home education has broadened. Homeschooling encompasses the whole child, body, mind, and spirit. Which makes fitness an essential part of home education.
From 2015-2016 data showed that nearly 1 in 5 school age children are obese. (source: CDC)
As I was making my way through nursing school I was surprised how many diseases listed “obesity” as a risk factor. From the top of my head these are some of those diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- metabolic disorders
- certain types of cancer
- congestive heart failure
- sleep apnea
- bone and joint problems
As a family that homeschools we are fully responsible for ensuring health and fitness not only within ourselves but within our children. Disease prevention is why health and fitness is essential in a home education.
While I am a Registered Nurse my passion has become one that is pursuant of naturopathic and holistic remedies. Preventative health measures such as diet and exercise. This is just a few general ideas on how we incorporate essential health and fitness into our homeschool-into our family. Over the next several weeks I will focus articles around these topics and how to include it in your homeschool.
What are your thoughts on the importance of health and fitness within your family?