"I've Always Wanted to Be a Healthy Gigi!"

"I've Always Wanted to Be a Healthy Gigi!"
Today is my granddaughter's 8th birthday. Aubrey is 1 of 6 grandchildren that Shawn and I share. Their ages range from 10 to 4 years old, and my time spent with them is never dull. They are vibrant versions of our beautiful adult children, and it's so fun just being around them .

  I remember when I heard the news about the arrival of our first grandchild. I had lingering thoughts of fitness being a new desire for life; not just any life but longevity in life. A life where I could continue to do things that I love with my grandchildren for a "long time."  Things like  hiking , exercising, crafting on the floor for hours without cramps and charlie horses in my calf muscles and quads, TikTok videos, staying up late, eating our favorite snacks, etc.  We'll, God allowed it to happen, and I am grateful.

   I found that my concept of fitness toward health had to change. A lot had to change. I'm glad that it did because my understanding allowed me to experience holistic, personal development. The kind of development that leads to consistent growth, and maintaining health and wellness. The weight loss was a bonus!
The way I feel is priceless. My training allows me to do more than incredible workouts with Shawn, but also to do everyday tasks, like walking three flights of stairs to propping up on the countertop to reach the top shelf without breaking my knee. More specifically, running, playing, standing in long admission lines, walking North America and Africa at Asheboro NC Zoo, even taking out the trash are my desires to do for a "long time" with my grandies; and with ease.

  Grandparents can benefit from health and wellness activities just as much as their grandkids. Some activities that could be beneficial for both generations include:

1. Taking walks together: Grandparents and grandkids can take walks together in the park or around their neighborhood. This is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, while also spending quality time with each other.

2. Gardening: Gardening is a great way for grandparents and grandkids to get some exercise and relax in the sun. It also teaches kids about responsibility and can be a great bonding activity.

3. Cooking together: Cooking together can be a great way to bond, while also teaching kids important skills, such as following directions and measuring ingredients.

4. Playing board games: Board games are a great way for grandparents and grandkids to spend time together, while also getting a little exercise.

There are medical results for hanginging out with your grandchildren. Studies have found that grandparents who are involved in the lives of their grandkids have lower rates of chronic health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and depression. Grandchildren also benefit from improved physical health due to the support and guidance that grandparents provide.

Grandparents, have you ever wondered why you feel such an increase of fulfillment and enjoyment when you spend time with the grandies? I mean sometimes I get so excited just thinking about their next visit!

Grandparents and grandchildren often share a special bond and can provide each other with emotional support. 
Grandparents often provide grandchildren with unconditional love, reassurance, comfort, and advice. This can lead to improved self-esteem, resilience, and life satisfaction in grandchildren.
 Grandchildren can also benefit from improved mental health and social development due to the support and guidance that grandparents provide.
 Grandparents also benefit from the emotional connection that they form with their grandchildren. They often experience joy, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose when they are involved in their grandkids’ lives. We need each other.

Lastly, I love being a Gigi! I am so grateful  that I enjoy life holistically, and my grandchildren inspire me every day to continue maintaining my desire toward a long, healthy life. Happy Birthday Aubrey, and many more!

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