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Healthy Living: 9 Healthy Ways to Start Your New Year Right

Healthy Living: 9 Healthy Ways to Start Your New Year Right

February 16, 2016  |  , , ,  

Maybe 2015’s resolutions didn’t quite come to fruition—we’ve all been there. However, it’s never too late to make small changes to improve the health of you and your family. There’s no better time than January to recommit to you family new year’s resolutions. Here are nine ideas to get you started:

Set the Example

It’s common knowledge that your children look to you for direction. By making healthy living a priority in your own life, it’ll be easier to get your children to do the same.

Have Family Dinners

Family dinner is one of the best ways to make sure you know what’s going on in your children’s lives—including their diet. Getting the whole family together for a healthy dinner will do amazing things for your child’s overall health.

Pack Your Child’s Lunch

School lunches just don’t belong in a healthy diet for kids. Yet this midday meal is extremely important for your child’s ability to concentrate at school.

When possible, pack them a healthy lunch to keep them fueled throughout the day and to prevent them from reaching for ubiquitous packaged snacks. Check out our healthy eating tips on a budget post for some extra help.

Drink More Water

Kids and adults drink way too many sweetened beverages these days. Whether you’re drinking soda, juice or energy drinks as an alternative, nothing can beat plain water. A good rule of thumb? Start your day with a glass of water and try for seven more before you go to bed.

Get More Sleep

Sleep is as essential as the right diet. Simply put, the benefits of sleep go far beyond just waking up feeling rested. Without quality sleep, your ability to concentrate is diminished, along with your energy and motivation.

Get Active

We all know the benefits of exercise for both body and mind, so naturally your family New Year’s resolutionsshould also include lots of activity.

Something as simple as going for a family walk every night can make a huge difference. Even just walking for 30 minutes will produce serious benefits in the long-term.

Limit Television Time

If you’re watching television, you’re generally not engaged in improving your health. Set limits for how much you and your children watch and encourage them to enjoy the outdoors as a way to encourage an active lifestyle.

Do the Same for Sweets

We know it’s not realistic to completely nix sugar from your child’s diet, but it’s important that they aren’t getting too many sweets. Take a look at our tips for reducing your child’s sugar intake for some tips.

Take Things One Step at a Time

We hope that the above New Year resolutions for kids have you excited about starting 2016 off on the right foot. However, it’s easy to experience ‘resolution burnout’ if you try and change too much too quickly. Remember that it’s best to implement these ways to be healthier one step at a time. Choose a couple first and, once they become routine, it’s time to make more changes.

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