In today’s busy world, it can be difficult keeping up with everything that needs to be done. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you stay on top of everything, it can feel like all those healthy habits are just more chores to add to an ever-growing list.
Unfortunately, it’s all to drop the health-focused activities from your to-do list. However, your family’s health must be a priority. Regardless of how busy you are, maintaining good physical and emotional health is the key to happiness and longevity. And it doesn’t have to be challenging. Just follow these simple tips for improving your family’s health.
1. Encourage a Healthy Diet
Make sure your family eats a balanced diet by providing fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking lean meats. To help fresh foods stretch further and last longer, opt for frozen fruits and veggies, and buy meat in bulk, separating it into portions and freezing it.
You can further ensure your family’s health by switching to PFOA-free cookware. PFOA is a chemical used in cookware to make it non-stick and stain resistant. Unfortunately, it can cause reproductive problems, as well as growth and development issues and liver damage.
2. Get Out and Stay Active
Getting out in the sun and staying active not only improves your health physically but mentally as well. Your body needs the Vitamin D provided by the sun, and any activity that raises the heart rate for at least a half-hour is ideal.
Make regular outdoor activities a natural part of your family’s schedule. You can head out to the park or beach, take group exercise classes, explore hiking trails together – whatever makes you happy and keeps you active.
3. Encourage Hydration
Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in summer and at high altitudes. Most people don’t drink enough water, but you can encourage your family to do so by getting creative.
Give each family member their own silly straw or freeze fun-shaped ice cubes to add to their drinks. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet or add flavor to boring water with fruit slices or a splash of juice.
You can further encourage your family to drink more water by making a competition out of it. Download a hydration app on everyone’s phones that tracks their intake of water. Whoever drinks their goal in ounces each day wins.
4. Limit Caffeine Intake
In small quantities, caffeine isn’t terrible, but many people overdo it when it comes to this ingredient. Coffee, tea, and soda all contain loads of caffeine, which can increase heart rate and raise blood pressure. Limiting these beverages is an easy way to improve your family’s health.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Your body needs sleep to be as productive and alert during the day as possible. Without adequate sleep, it can be hard to concentrate, and mood swings are almost always an issue.
Are you sleeping enough? To answer this question, check in with how you feel when you first wake up. Do you feel refreshed or are you groggy and slow? How you feel at this time is a good indicator of whether you’re sleeping well or not. If you or someone in your family is still tired upon waking, try going to bed earlier at night or try some relaxation tactics just before bed to get your brain to unwind.
When you’re a busy household, it can be challenging to stay on top of everyone’s health and well-being. Keeping track of your family’s physical and mental health doesn’t need to be stressful. Hopefully, the tips above give you a place to start improving your family’s health.
Alex is fascinated with “understanding” people. It’s actually what drives everything he does. He believes in a thoughtful exploration of how you shape your thoughts, experience of the world.