It can be hard to keep your family healthy in the modern world. We all lead sedentary lifestyles, but we also lead busy lifestyles. Work and school life can be so hectic that we often let ourselves believe that there just isn’t enough time for healthy living. However, you don’t need to “make time” to be healthy - you just need to work it into your existing daily routine. Here are some improvements you could make to your family’s health.
It can be hard to cook healthy homemade meals every night when you’re a busy parent, but it’s so important to eat healthily even in this hectic day and age. A good way to incentivize yourself to make healthier meals for the family might be for you to cook with the kids. If you promise to make a meal together then you won’t feel tempted to resort to a ready meal on a busy Monday night. You can use this as a chance to teach your kids how to make nutritious meals. Of course, you could always do some research on nutrition if you’re wondering what you should include in a healthy and filling diet. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your family’s health if you ensure they get all the vitamins and nutrients their bodies need for sustenance. There’s a science to nutrition, but it’s simple for anyone to understand.
Much like eating healthily, it can be difficult to stick to a regular exercise routine. You might go to the gym every now and then, but the workout is so grueling and strenuous that you don’t want to go again for weeks or months afterward. Obviously, you’re not going to see any physical improvements to your health if you exercise so infrequently. However, making the move to exercise as a family might be just what you need to maintain regular physical activity. After all, they say the buddy system helps you to keep focused and dedicated to exercise (you’ve no excuse to slack when you’ve got a friend or a family member by your side). You don’t need to do some sort of “boring” exercise. You can keep it interesting. Maybe your family could join a karate class if you want to try something fun. You just need to find some way for the family to exercise on a regular basis.
Go to bed at the same time.
Sleep is so important to your health, but many of us neglect it in the modern age. Maybe your kids are going to bed late because of homework (and talking to people on Snapchat), or you’re all simply getting up ridiculously early to get to work or school on time. Whatever the case, you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night for the sake of your physical and mental wellbeing. You should set your family the goal of going to bed at the same time as each other. Whilst your kids might not want to stick to a strict bedtime as they get older (and your partner probably won’t either), you could come to a compromise such as 10pm or 11pm to keep everybody happy. This will help to ensure that your family is getting enough sleep every night if you do have to get up ridiculously early in the morning. Start prioritizing sleep and you’ll notice an improvement in your mental and physical health.
*This is a collaborative post.