How to Promote Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Your Family


You can help your children develop healthy eating and physical activities right from the beginning. In case you are successful in establishing these habits early in your daily routine, they will just become the normal way of doing things for you. Having healthy habits right from the beginning will help your children grow to their full potential and it is extremely useful for avoiding lifestyle problems that occur in the later stages of life such as obesity, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain kinds of cancer. Here are some tips for a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

  1. Promote healthy food consumption at home

Most kids are more likely to attain healthy eating habits when they are provided with the alternatives of healthy foods at home. Therefore, have healthy foods on your shopping list, and be sure to make healthy snacks and meals for the entire family. Consuming food items such as chips, soft drinks, and candy less and not keeping their stock in your cupboard means there is no need to say “No” often when your children demand these items.

  1. Keep reminding yourself about basic food items

These basic food items include fruits, vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, meat and poultry alternatives such as peas, beans, and lentils, and lower-fat dairy food items. Prepare your shopping list with items from these groups. This will allow you to make family meals easily with correct inclusions. Place a poster on your fridge that includes all this information for your children. You can make this poster together with your children. You can find several ideas online for the poster.

  1. Praise your children when they select healthy food

Keep reminding them about the advantages of healthy food. You are likely to succeed in encouraging healthy food habits with mealtime fun. You may also provide some positive feedback to your younger children. For instance, you may say, ” Wow! You picked an apple for your morning snack! It is delicious!”. You can say things such as, “Consuming milk helps in keeping the bones strong!” Get the older children involved in making lunch boxes with healthy food and for snack selections. Encourage the child to prepare this snack by himself and ask for his help in preparing family meals.

  1. Exercise must be a part of your everyday life

Several people think that being active means you have to play sport or perform some strenuous exercise. However, this is just one of the ways of staying active.

  • Indoor activities

Let your little ones enjoy the benefits of physical activity while also having fun with a wide variety of indoor kids’ activities. You could engage in playing games inside whether the weather is cold or you want to spend time inside over the weekend. To enrich this experience, you could also create a small home gym with specific workout equipment to fit the age of the family members.

  • Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities are endless. You may encourage your children to walk to their schools or their friend’s house rather than taking out the car. Rather than watching TV, you can ask them to walk the dog. You can also go on little biking trips as a family on a nearby route. Many people prefer using motorized bikes instead of the normal ones since they find motorized bikes much more helpful when they start biking for the very first time.

Keep in mind:

Try to be a role model for your children and show them how easy it is to be active. Notice and compliment the child when he opts for some physical activity. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, create a comfortable and healthy space in your house, you could use digital thermostats to regulate and maintain the temperatures of your rooms and the comfort in your house.

  1. Provide ample opportunities to the older children to try various sports

This can be a great method for staying active as you can include different sports and activities at school or even outside school. Support the child by watching them play and make it easy for the child to take part in the events by taking them to practice and games. You may also display support to the child and his team by volunteering to help them out. It is terrific encouragement and will improve the chances of getting them involved.

Conclusion

Parents who themselves have healthy eating habits and are physically active are far more likely to instill similar habits in their kids. Always remember the power of being a model for your child. Children mostly learn from what you are doing yourself and not from what you tell them to do. So, you need to practice what you are preaching.

 

If your child is overweight, do not draw too much attention to the problem even though you are worried about it. Having an image of a healthy body is significant for teenagers. They may be constantly thinking about how their body appears. Place limitations on the amount of time the child spends on on-screen activities.

 

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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