As parents, it’s challenging enough to juggle play dates, homework, and hobbies—let alone manage your own to-do list. But building a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your kids is just as important, if not more, than any other commitments on your calendar. And, it’s easier than you might have initially thought!
If you’re looking for easy ways to build a healthy lifestyle for you and your kids, check out these four tips.
1. Encourage (and participate) in playtime
Playtime is essential for a child’s development. Not only does it encourage learning and social skills, but it’s also a time for them to move around and get some exercise. If you’re looking for an easy way to promote a more active lifestyle for your family, just set aside more time for something the kids are already doing!
Remember, you are your kid’s number one role model, so make sure that you find ways to participate, too. Here are a few family-friendly activities to add to your list.
Run or walk a 5K
5K’s are a really fun way to get the whole family out for some exercise. Not only do they get you to work up a sweat, but oftentimes they involve wacky costumes that require some creativity and collaboration from you and the kids. From Thanksgiving turkey trots to neon color runs, most urban areas have several of these events to choose from throughout the year.
What you’ll need:
- A few pairs of colorful shoes for the kids and white running shoes for the parents
- Some matching t-shirts for a fun, coordinated look
- Registration number and a bib for the race
Take a family yoga class
If you’re looking for a more mellow activity to help you and the kids zen out, why not give yoga a try? Yoga combines a rhythm of essential stretches and mindfulness that’s great for the mind, body, and soul. Many yoga studios offer family classes and even kid-friendly yoga camps that introduce your little ones to a healthy hobby that you can all enjoy together.
What you’ll need:
- Kids yoga mats
- Comfortable clothes that you can move in
- A yoga class or YouTube video that you can follow along with
Take a hike
Getting exercise in nature is one of the best activities you and your kids can do together. Spending time outside can improve your mood, encourage critical thinking, and foster learning.
What you’ll need:
- Plenty of sunscreen and water
- A family-friendly trail
2. Have healthy snacks on-hand
Encouraging healthy eating habits is one of the best things you can do for your kids, but many parents have a misconception that maintaining a healthy diet is expensive or hard to do. But the truth is, healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables are typically cheaper than the processed, boxed snacks that you find at the grocery store. Some baby carrots, apples, and a few slices of cheese make for a delicious and healthy after-school snack!
If your growing to-do list is what’s preventing you from stocking the pantry with healthy foods, consider ordering a healthy snack box online. With a subscription, you can have yummy, nutritious treats delivered right to your door on a monthly or weekly basis.
3. Get the kids involved in dinner prep
Another way you can exemplify healthy eating in your home is by getting your kids involved in the meal planning and preparing process. By introducing them to fresh ingredients and basic culinary techniques, you can help your kids form a healthy relationship with food. Once your kids have established some basic skills, take your cooking lessons a step further by allowing them to come up with their own culinary concoction using nutritious ingredients!
4. Drink plenty of water
Making sure your kids stay hydrated is one of the best things you can do as a parent! Whether they’re out on the playground or spending time at home, they should always have access to water. Encourage them to reach their recommended intake amount by giving each kid their own reusable water bottle. To make sure none of them get mixed up, choose different colors or have them decorate their own with stickers.
It is vitally important to keep on top of your body’s nutrition to help build a healthy lifestyle for the future. Keeping a check to ensure your body is properly absorbing the nutrition it needs to keep you strong can be done with vitamin and nutritional testing. Kids wear you out so you need the energy to keep up! But did you know that building a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your kids doesn’t have to be a big-time commitment? These 4 steps mentioned can be done throughout the day without even realising it!
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