When it comes to staying healthy and active, it’s important that we not only consider ourselves, but our children too. Some obese children have been shown to have as much plaque in their little arteries as a 45 year old adult, which then sets them up for all kinds of horrible illnesses like heart disease and other serious health conditions much earlier than their own parents. If you’re a parent, you should want to help your kids become fit and healthy individuals. Here, we’ve got some great tips for helping you to stay active as a family. Enjoy!
Plan Outdoor Activities
You should set aside one day every weekend to do something as a family. You could go swimming, hiking, walking, sledding, biking, or if you’re a little adventurous you could try private expeditions…whatever you like! You could even take a picnic full of healthy snacks along with you to enjoy while you take a break. This will give both you and the kids motivation to go on!
Take Some Classes Together
There are probably loads of fitness classes in your area; ask around to see if you can find any yoga, self defence, or aerobics classes that welcome both adults and children.
You don’t have to totally redecorate your home, but you can add in a few essentials that will help to keep the family fit. Dumbbells, a yoga mat, a skipping rope, a hula hoop, and even a Wii fit could encourage the children to work out if they are stashed in a place they can see.
Make Housework Fun
By turning housework into a game that you can all play together, everyone will look forward to their chores rather than dread them. Make it a race to clean the house, play music while you do it, and the kids will have lots of fun helping you! If you have a dog, take him a walk as a family. Get everybody to pitch in with the chores to make things more fun, instead of giving everyone their own separate chore.
Eat Healthier Together
Eating healthier isn’t exactly staying active, but by making sure the family eat the right foods you’ll be able to stay active for longer and feel more energised. If you get the entire family involved in a new healthy lifestyle and eating plan (don’t call it a diet – this implies that it’s a short term solution) you’re all more likely to succeed. Let the kids pick the fruit and veg they want, and allow them to help you cook dinner. This will mean they’re much more likely to enjoy what they’re eating rather than moan about it and ask for pizza and chips.
Obesity is a big problem, but it’s one that can easily be avoided by wanting to change unhealthy habits as a family and become fitter and more active together. There are plenty of things you can do, so follow our advice and have lots of fun while doing it!