Family Fit Lifestyle Month!
Hello dear bloggers and readers. Happy New Year!! I want to dedicate my first post of 2014 to “Family Fit Lifestyle”. Yes! January is the month in which we all make those hard to keep resolutions and start loving our bodies once again (after all the indulgence over xmas)
Staying fit and healthy is a lifestyle choice and it doesn’t have to be hard if you commit to make small changes to your everyday life. Eat more veggies; drink more water and stay active. Sounds easy enough right?
So how to do this with our super busy schedules, long commutes and lack of time to even prepare a homemade meal?
Homemade doesn’t have to be complicated and doesn’t mean to slave over the stove for hours. Prepare your meal plan weekly so you know what to buy at the store. Get the kids involved in the preparation of healthy snacks and salads; they will be more willing to eat them if they helped you prepared. My little trooper loves to deseed pomegranates with me (I think he enjoys that more than eating them lol)
Learn with them. There are a few cool little books out there such as “All About Vegetables w/ Robbie the Rabbit Coloring & Activity Book” A 16 page educational & entertaining coloring book features great story lines with fun, creative characters ready to teach fun and valuable lessons.
Find that and many other books here: http://www.healthpromotionsnow.com/products/all-about-vegetables-w-robbie-the-rabbit-coloring-and-activity-book_239819.aspx?guid=9103
Don’t keep sugary snacks in your cupboard, it will lead to temptation. Instead fill your pantry with cereals, nuts and stuff like pure maple syrup and honey for those craving moments. Fill your fridge with a variety of fruits and veg but don’t buy too many as they might get spoiled fast and you end up wasting money.
Some kids (like mine) don’t like the tasteless water. Spice it up adding some fresh lemons and raspberries or lemons and mint to water. It makes it entertaining and more appealing and also tastes great! You can also get them in the habit of drinking green tea with lemon (add some honey) it is full of antioxidants and it’s also better than soda.
As for exercising? According to People’s Trust “a recent report from the Surgeon General states that between 15 and 25 percent of school children in the United States is overweight, placing them at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Only about half of all Americans aged 12 to 21 exercises regularly.”
Get a jumping rope and revive those childhood memories while you make new memories with your kids. You don’t even have to go outdoors if it’s too cold. Also if it’s too cold outside play interactive video games on the Wii or the Xbox that make you move around instead of sitting in front of the TV.
Get yourself a gym ball! These things can be so fun and can help you move around and work those muscles. Replace it for your normal chair and see how you straighten your back and abdomen. Let the kids enjoy the fun too. See who can stay on the gym ball the longest and reward with a healthy treat.
And as soon as it warms up head outdoors! Nothing beats to be outdoors. Jogging, cycling, soccer or even just a walk along the park.
Stay fit and eat healthy!