It can be easy to get off track when it comes to healthy habits and eating well, even as adults. Trying to keep up with your kid’s activity levels and dietary indulgences can be doubly hard, but so important. If parents can help kids develop healthier habits early in life, they are more likely to carry them into high school, college and adulthood. Besides, if you don’t care of your body, where else are you going to live?
Make Getting Healthy a Family Activity
Make getting and staying healthy a team effort. Go for a walk together, take a trip to the park and participate in fun family events like 5Ks! Making staying active a team effort will be more effective for parents and kids. Volunteer to clean up trash on the weekend or work together to take care of an elderly neighbor’s yard. Getting active with a purpose is a sure way to give your kids something to be proud of and keep them motivated!
5 Quick Tips to Help Kids Get Funergized!
1. Be Active
2. Drink Water
3. Eat Healthy Snacks
4. Get Plenty of Rest
5. Minimize Screen Time
Teach your kids what healthy meals look like. Along with making healthier food choices, portion size is a big lesson to learn. Remind them that not just food, but drinks play a role in their health as well, so keep sodas to a minimum if they are an option at all. Sometimes kids misunderstand what healthy food really is, like thinking sugary juice is a healthy choice because it isn’t soda. It’s important for them to know what healthy habits really look like.
As Skye, Daryl and Jack discover, there are no shortcuts or do-overs, it takes dedication and a little work to commit to being healthy. Trevor’s 30-day health challenge helped the team get into shape and make the most of field day!
Parents Can Lead by Example with Healthy Habits
Our busy lives can be distracting and leave us in less than stellar shape. Kids imitate what they see. If the adults in their life aren’t practicing good habits, kids don’t see any reason to either. Here are 5 small changes you can make that your kids will notice:
1. Shake the Device Dependence
If you find yourself with your phone in your hand constantly to check email, social media, texts and the like, it might be time to scale back your phone time.
2. Take Social Media Off Your Phone
You don’t have to do away with it completely, but the convenience factor of the phone can be a problem. Only access social media through a computer or lesser used device to cut down on time wasted.
3. Turn Off the TV!
Don’t veg out in front of the TV all evening. Turn off the tube and talk to your kids, read a book and move around. You might be surprised at how much time you spend stationary when it’s on. Pre-plan what you’ll be watching and turn it off at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
4. Set Screen Time Limits
For everyone, not just the kids. Practice what you preach. If their limit is one hour a night, commit yourself to the same. There will be less likelihood of pushback and more of respecting the rules if you’re following them too.
5. Do Something Active Every Day
This can still implement game time if you’re playing a game that is active like a dance or sports game that utilizes motion detectors. Still, getting outside is the better option, there is more to see and do and fewer distractions. Walk the dog, take a bike ride or a stroll around the city.
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