6 Simple Ways To Get Fit, No Matter How Big Your Family Is
Whether or not you have kids, staying fit is important to overall well-being. To help promote healthy weight in both kids and adults, try these five tactics – all are family friendly, and can help everyone achieve their healthy goals.
- Curb screen time. Limit the time you spend watching television, sitting at the computer, or playing video games. Instead, encourage outdoor activities that emphasize movement. If the work you do requires you to be at a screen for long periods of time, look into a standing desk option.
- Set a good example. Studies have found that children are more likely to be physically active if their parents and siblings are active. Go on family walks after dinner, and make it a point to be active on weekends. This works for partners who are less active, as well.
- Plan active vacations. Seek out opportunities to improve and enjoy activities when vacationing. This is particularly essential if your average week is mostly sedentary. See a new city with a guided bike tour, visit a local yoga studio or seek out favorite hiking spots.
- Emphasize nutritious foods. Replace empty-calorie foods such as cookies and chips with foods that provide nutrients. Fruit, cheese, cut-up vegetables and nuts (in smaller portions) make excellent snacks that are nutritious and filling for all ages. Make sure the fridge and pantry always have these available as the go-to snacks.
- Eat meals together. Serve healthy dishes, manage portion sizes, and make conversation part of the routine so the focus is not just on food, but sharing, conversing and eating together.
- Think about drinks. Water down fruit juices (80 percent water, 20 percent juice), and eliminate soda altogether – sweetened soda is the least healthy food in the American diet, and consequently the most important one to stop consuming.
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