With the New Year just around the corner, we are sure that you are thinking of things that you would like to do better, whether as an individual or as a family. We all do it and at such a reflective time, it’s hard not to.
While some changes may seem very optimistic (and some near impossible!), it is possible that you can make some positive changes as a family to make life at home healthy and happy. You just need to work as a team! The good news is, is that we can help you do just that with these 5 healthy habits for the New Year.
1. Get Outside as Much as Possible
Getting outside in any weather has many benefits, so try to get as much fresh air as possible in the New Year! Even if it’s just getting out for 20 minutes, make sure to schedule some time purely for light exercise outside. Whether it’s a short walk or bike ride, throwing a ball around the garden or collecting items in nature for some arts and crafts at home, you’ll soon feel the benefits of it and everyone will be happier for it.
2. Limit Time on Gadgets Indoors
Technology is taking over our lives in today’s world, so it is really important that we are strict with our children and with ourselves, to how much time is allowed to be spent on them. Spending a lot of time looking at a harshly lit screen can affect our sleep and lead to other problems such as headaches, so try to establish a routine where there is dedicated screen time. It is best to avoid it before bed as it wakes you up and in the morning as you’ll have trouble getting your little ones ready for school!
3. Eat Healthy and Get the Children Involved with the Cooking
Many of us make the New Year’s resolution to eat healthier but only a few of us succeed! If you want to develop healthier food habits for you and your family, it doesn’t just have to be about what you eat. Being healthy can simply be about making sure that you are all eating regularly, that your children don’t dictate what you eat, that breakfast and lunch are always accounted for and never rushed, and that you all eat dinner together every night for some great food and family bonding time. All these habits are important for our health, so these simple changes can have a big impact.
In such a modern age, it is also beneficial to get your children involved with the cooking as much as possible. Not only will this help them to understand how important fuelling our bodies is, but it will also teach them responsibility and they’ll have fun! Get them involved in making meal plans and the cooking and you’ll find that they will have a much bigger appreciation for food and family time.
Need ideas? Check out these Kid’s Cooking Recipes!
4. Exercise for 20 Minutes a Day
Exercise is essential for our health, so if you’re going to make one healthy change in the New Year, make sure to try and do more. Just 20 minutes a day is the daily recommendation which, even with how busy our lives get sometimes, every single one of us can make time for! Introduce a fun workout in your household that gets the kids involved, from an assault course or skipping to an exercise video or your own made up routine. You’ll soon find that you all enjoy it, are happier for it, and you’ll almost always end up doing more than 20 minutes which is great for the heart.
5. Work on Building Healthy Routines Together
One of the best ways to make a family healthier is to bond and work as a team. Every family has their own areas they need to work on, so why not do it together? Do you need to make more quality time to have with each other or is it simply showing more gratitude? Do you need to improve your current bedtime routine or do you need to get outside more? Whatever you feel like you could work on, the healthiest way to do it is to sit down together and decide on how you’ll achieve this together. Not only will it make you all stronger for it, but it will show your children that they are valuable members of this family and they will want to work together.
When building healthy routines as a family, get creative. Introduce things that every family member will like such as a Friday film night, and when it’s too cold to get outside, make your house an indoor playground! It’s really important for our health to burn off excess energy, especially for children, so think of ways you can do this indoors when you need to. This could be anything from buying a trampoline for the garage, playing board games, hosting a Wii sports competition or building a giant fort in the middle of the living room. The important thing is that you get everyone involved in doing something instead of sitting around.
So there we go, 5 simple and completely do-able healthy habits to adopt in the New Year! Start off by working on one habit and you’ll soon find that they will all naturally become part of your daily family life. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year!