Life is in a constant spinning motion: everyone in your family overworks and overstresses about their jobs, school, and extracurricular activities. Your constant need to be on the move, jumping from task to task with no breath in between, is damaging your health.
Being so busy makes you neglect yourself. You don’t eat enough balanced meals, you don’t exercise enough, and you definitely don’t sleep enough. Due to these factors, the health of your family may be deteriorating at rapid rates.
But don’t panic, today is the day that you make a huge leap towards improving your family’s health.
Ask every member of your family, yourself included, about what would be a great reward for trying harder to stay healthy. Then set a goal date to complete these tasks and get a reward. Aim to pick a date that falls within the three months to a year range.
For your children, their motivation could be to get some new clothing from the Children’s Place when they climb 100 stairs. After three months of climbing many stairs, use some Children’s Place coupons to purchase a few new outfits. For yourself, set a goal to bike to work for three months, then reward yourself with a spa day. After your husband completes his goal of going meatless for four months, let him buy that new TV that he wants.
Eat as a Family
Commit to eating at least one meal together every day. This act helps each of you make healthier meal choices. It also grows your bonds. Additionally, it is critical to physical development that you eat a few meals a day, and eating together ensures that everyone takes the time to eat the proper meals.
Eat breakfast together to start the day on a healthy note. Wake up in enough time to have everyone ready and sitting at the table eating a meal. Dinner is also a good time for family meal time, because it lets everyone relax after a long day of activities.
Having family dinners means that more home cooked meals will be made, instead of quick and easy fast food or boxed meals.
Teach your children to make healthier food choices by cooking with them. Show them every ingredient, then explain its health benefits, and the measurements for this dish. Bring them along when shopping for groceries. Explain to your children how to pick ripe fruit, read box ingredients, and compare prices.
Group Workout Outings
After dinner, go for a 20 minute walk as a family. Pick a time within the day to gather everyone in the living room to meditate. Sign the family up for a 5K charity run. Those are a few of the many ways families can do more workouts together. It doesn’t matter about the activity, just get your family to add more fitness into their routines.
Adding more physical activities into your family’s schedule doesn’t have to be a huge event. It could be to just take the longer walking route to the bus or school, or taking the stairs instead of an elevator.
Establish a Routine
Set designated times for certain important family activities. Pick a specific time for meals, workouts, sleep, and turning off digital devices. Be more strict with your family’s schedule so that you, your husband, and children sleep better, which will increase everyone’s health. Encourage your children to turn off digital devices to engage more with their environment.
Consider shutting down all devices an hour before bedtime, and then have your family spend that hour reading. These routines help improve physical, mental, and emotional health.
These improvements will lead to a longer, healthier life, which means your insurance rates will also go down. So not only will your family feel and look better, they’ll be saving money on insurance.