Living healthy is easier and more fun when the whole family gets involved. When everyone works together to make healthy choices, the results tend to be significant and long-lasting. If your family has become too sedentary lately, try these family wellness activities the whole clan can do together.
Regardless of age or gender, healthy living will provide many key benefits to all the members of your family, including:
Working out and eating right can be tough to do on your own. But when it’s a family effort you will be able to provide each other with encouragement that keeps everyone on the right track. In addition, your group wellness activities will likely become a real bonding experience.
Your family will receive the most benefits from physical activity when it’s done regularly. By creating a family wellness schedule, you will be able to develop positive habits for yourself and your children.
As you create a schedule that works for your family, keep in mind these recommended guidelines for physical activity:
On Long Island, there’s a seemingly unlimited amount of low-cost, healthy family activities to choose from, including walking, jogging, bike riding and swimming. But, remember to pick activities that all members of your family will be able to participate in. For example, a long walk through the park is one type of aerobic activity that is even good for tweens.
Eating a balanced diet is another positive goal the whole family can work on together. From food shopping to meal prep, parents and kids can work together to make, serve and eat meals that include the five food groups.
Did you know that only about one in three children are physically active every day? Very often, an active lifestyle is passed down from the good habits of parents. By setting a positive example of healthy living in your household, your kids will be less inclined to spend the afternoons sitting on the couch.
As you begin your new family wellness plan, it’s important to start slow. Take baby steps. Many families make the mistake of creating radical changes immediately, and then not sticking to these new healthy habits. Instead, start with a family walk through the neighborhood, and then progress to more rigorous types of exercise later.
As you get started on your journey to improving health and wellness, consider checking in with your health care professional. Advantage Care Health Centers provides high quality primary care services for children and adults, which includes annual physical exams, immunizations and more. Request an appointment today!