Everyone can be guilty of eating too much junk food, not going on enough walks, and not drinking enough water. Life is all about balance, but it is easy to fall out of a routine, especially when you have a family, particularly little ones who take up a lot of your time. It is important to have a lifestyle that is manageable and suits your family, but there are also ways you can implement healthy habits that you can stick to.
With that in mind, here are five ways you can improve your family’s health:
Eating healthily does not mean you should give your family salad for every meal (in fact that would be very unhealthy!), it can be as simple as bulking out your usual meals with more veggies and making healthier choices such as having a piece of fruit for a snack instead of a chocolate bar.
Healthy eating is a brilliant opportunity for the whole family to get involved with mealtimes, it even gives younger children the chance to get interested in meal planning and preparing meals.
Attend health checkups regularly
Whether it is going to the doctors or going for an eye test, an important way to keep your family healthy is by ensuring regular health checkups.
When you have young children, it can often be difficult to persuade them to go to their dentist appointment due to common fear. For many kids, the thought of going to the dentist can be scary, particularly for the first time. However, once they get there and see a warm, friendly face to reassure them, they often enjoy the experience. Some children end up loving the dentist! There are also lots of kids shows which show favorite characters going to the dentist, to give them an idea of what will happen before going.
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From taking the dog for a walk with the family, to going in the garden and having a game of football, there are many ways you can introduce more physical activity to your children, while having tons of fun in the process.
Drink plenty of water
There are many benefits of drinking water such as boosting your energy, reducing headaches, and helping digestion. It can sometimes be challenging to get your children to drink water, particularly if they are fussy, so ensuring they drink plenty of diluted juice is important for their health.
You could try making a game out of it, by trying to figure out who in the family can drink the most water in a day, as this will give your children something to motivate and excite them. Having fun cups to drink out of can also encourage them to drink more.
Read more about the benefits of drinking water here.
Set a routine
Having a routine is an extremely useful way to keep up good habits such as eating healthier and being active. If you and your family wake up earlier and have a healthy breakfast every day, you are setting yourself up for a productive day. Feeling awake and energized is encouraging for your family’s physical health as this will prompt them to want to go outside and run around, and you will too.