It’s very easy for us to get stuck in a routine and get comfortable. But this summer I challenge you to do things a little different and include your family. A healthy lifestyle is one that is important for you and your family. It includes nutrition, being active, learning, mental health and exploring new things. Step outside of your comfort zone and experience a little more while opening up your children to new ideas, experiences, activities, classes and more.
4 Easy Ways to Promote a Healthy and Active Lifestyle This Summer
1. Eat dinner as a family
Having dinner as a family is something that I think is very important. It helps parents and children socialize and talk about their day, week, accomplishments, joke around, and really just spend time together. It also builds healthy eating habits for children and allows them to learn to pace themselves while eating. This can be a hard one for family depending on the parent’s schedules. That being said, I think every family can pick at least one day a week to sit and have dinner together.
2. Try one new food a week:
We all know one or two picky eaters and how it can be a challenge to get them to try anything. The best way to get a picky eater to try new foods is get them involved. Get them to go food shopping with you and pick out what they like, let them pick one meal each week. The challenge for the summer is to get them to pick one new food to try each week. It can be a fruit, vegetable, new recipe, etc. Try to get them to agree to this and together pick out the item that you will try as a family.
3. Stay active:
This can look different for each family. Some families may already be active with children having extracurricular activities, summer camp and parents going to the gym. BUT it’s important to be active together as well. This could be as simple as an evening walk around the neighborhood. A game of badminton in the back yard. A fun workout video on YouTube. The goal is to pick something you’ll do as a family at least once a week. Or even challenge yourself even farther and do one fun active thing a day throughout the work week.
4. Try something new:
This one is fun and summertime is the best time to do it. Of course, every family has different interests and will come up with different things. So choose a timeframe that you feel is doable this summer. You can do something new every weekend, every other weekend, or once a month. This is all up to you and what you think is a manageable goal for the summer. This can take some brainstorming and family voting action to pick the activities. Here are some ideas to get you thinking: canoeing, a new hike, going to the circus for the first time, rock climbing/bouldering, road trip, an acro yoga class, etc. I’m sure you can come up with so many great ideas.