Most of us know that happiness and good health are intertwined. When you hear people talking about healthy living, there’s a tendency to conjure up images of spending hours on a treadmill or eating nothing but leaves for days on end, but being healthy doesn’t have to be hard work. There are loads of ways you and your family can have fun and make positive changes to your lifestyle. With the summer holidays fast approaching, here are some handy hacks that may come in useful.
Research shows that the vast majority of children and adults are much less active than they should be. Exercising isn’t always about slogging it out at the gym or running for miles in the pouring rain. There are so many ways you and your kids can get active and have loads of fun. Start with making simple changes to your daily routine. There will be some days when you’re in a mad rush to get through the door, but if there are mornings or afternoons when you have a little more time, leave the car at home and walk or cycle to work. You can spend more time together as a family, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment, and your body and mind will benefit. You can also swap the lift or escalator for the stairs.
Not all children love PE at school, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t activities out there that they will enjoy. Try and make exercise fun. Try new sports, play games as a family and organise days out, which involve working those muscles and getting your pulse racing. If you have older children, you could try climbing or kayaking. If you’ve got younger kids, take a Frisbee to the park or get the garden games out. Encourage friendly competition by buying cricket trophies or handing out medals to the winning football team, and get friends and family involved. Whatever your age, exercising shouldn’t feel like a chore.
There’s an assumption that healthy food is bland, but there are so many delicious and nutritious recipes out there. You don’t have to give up every food you love to make your diet healthier. You can change the way you prepare food, for example, grilling and baking instead of frying, and moderate your intake of foods that aren’t as good for you as others. If you have children, and they’re fussy eaters, try and be creative when it comes to presentation. If you can magically turn a stick of celery into a dinosaur or a plate of fruit into a smiley face, you may be more successful in getting the kids to hit their 5-a-day target. Try and cook at home as much as possible. If you struggle to find time during the week, batch cooking at the weekends is a great idea. You can rustle up casseroles, soups and pasta dishes, freeze them, and then heat them up when you’re ready to eat.
Healthy living is an issue that concerns most people. If you’re keen to boost your health and you want the best for your children, it’s not hard to make changes. You don’t have to radically overhaul your lifestyle. Hopefully, with these simple suggestions, you’ll notice a positive difference in no time.