As parents, we spend quite a bit of our time thinking, worrying and planning about our children and their future. Their health, their education, their happiness…these are things foremost in most parents’ minds. In our opinion, when it comes to health, parents should think about how to get fit and healthy together, as a family; rather than doing so only for the children. After all, unless you don’t take care of yourself as well as them, how can you be there for them when you need them? Here are our suggestions on how to do so.
Form healthy habits from the beginning
Forming habits as adults can be hard. It takes a lot of discipline and dedication; not to mention all the hard work with finest elements of style. But if you start off your healthier habits as a family, when your children are still young enough to adapt, you’ll find that this is not so hard. It need not even be huge, life changing habits. Simple things like sipping water while sitting down rather than gulping it down, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even taking time out and away from electronics each day counts.
Stay active together
Exercising is a great way to stay in shape, but it’s not the only way. On your days off from work and school, make plans with the family. Go swimming together at a nearby water hole, or create your own version of a L’eroica cycling tour—cycle to a destination, and have a picnic there. You can even include other families and friends to make this more interesting and fun. The plan is to be active throughout the day; together as a family.
Home cooked meals and healthy snacks
Having sufficient energy is a must. This helps with doing well in school, as well as being more efficient at work. it’s even important to give a try to our previous suggestion (of trying your own version of Giro cycling tours)! And energy is mainly found in the food we consume. Learn to cook, and teach your kids to cook as well. Even if it isn’t healthy food (truly, it’s important that you indulge them with a little junk food once in-a-while), at least you’ll know for sure what’s going into it. Don’t forget to have a variety of healthy and junk food snacks at home. Once they’re done with the unhealthy ones, they’ll eventually reach for the healthier options.
Have fun doing it all
Remember, this is not something you can set and get done in a short period of time. Try to have fun while striving to become healthier as a family. If you’re too strict about their eating habits (especially with teens), chances are that they’ll only do it in the sly, when you’re not around to restrict them. This can be worse, as they wouldn’t really bother about the quality at all. Be healthy; but have fun.