Healthy habits of active families

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Healthy habits of active families

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the entire family is no easy task. However, there are a few simple habits that will help get everyone in the family in shape.

Proper diet

A balanced diet provides the body with the nutrients it needs to function properly. The basis is regular consumption of meals prepared from natural ingredients. Breaks between meals should be about 3-4 hours, so a good solution is to prepare lunchboxes for all family members in advance. This way you have full control over the nutritional content of the food and you can be sure that no one will miss a meal. Healthy snacks can be prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, milkshakes, or natural yogurt. Meals prepared at home will provide the body with essential vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates, protein and microelements. The selection of menus should be tailored to the individual preferences of each family member. When preparing meals for the next day, it is worth to involve all family members, dividing small tasks to each of them.

Shared physical activity

Even 20 minutes of light exercise or a short workout each day is enough to get your family in good shape. Activities can be chosen based on the current weather, free time, and personal preferences. A walk to a nearby park or forest, a quick game of soccer, a home stretch, a bike ride, sledding, or a snowball fight is a combination of fun, bonding for the whole family, and the right amount of daily physical activity to strengthen the body and immunity. If it is difficult to find time for regular physical activity, it is worth introducing a few small changes into everyday life. Instead of going to the store, you can walk to the store, and coming back from the nearby school or workplace, you can not use public transport, but walk the whole way.

Responsible shopping

A shopping list prepared in advance will help streamline the entire process and avoid putting unhealthy items in the cart. Children’s eating habits are largely a consequence of their parents, so it is worth paying attention to what you bring home. Among the products purchased should rarely appear or completely disappear such as salty snacks, sweets, carbonated drinks, ready meals, frozen or unhealthy, artificially sweetened yogurt. If you limit your intake of highly processed foods at home and replace them with healthy snacks, all family members will learn this way of eating. Unhealthy foods can easily be replaced with home-made oatmeal cookies, nuts, dried fruit, or home-made baked goods with proven ingredients. The complete exclusion of sweets or salty snacks may be difficult to enforce, but it is always worth trying at least to reduce their quantity.

Effective rest

Taking care of a regular physical activity, we should also remember about an appropriate amount of sleep. Rest is as important for a still developing child as it is for an adult tired with the hardships of everyday life. Taking care of our time together can also consist of family forms of relaxation. Afternoon or evening movie or TV series watching, relaxing in the house garden, or lying down after dinner will help to relax the muscles, calm the mind and regenerate the vital forces. An equally important aspect is the quantity and quality of sleep for all family members. It is worth ensuring that everyone in the household has time to calm down and have a peaceful process of falling asleep. The recommended amount of sleep is from 7 to even 9 hours per day. The right amount of sleep allows you to minimize the risk of certain diseases, regenerate your body, give you energy for the next day and have a healthy rest.

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