We’ve passed the point of using a new year’s resolution as an excuse to try to lead healthier lifestyles and then putting it off as something to attempt next year.
Now, it’s about putting it into gear and actively pursuing it for the sake of leading a healthy lifestyle because deep down, you know it needs to be done. Of course, trying to be healthier can be difficult if other members of your household are snacking on crisps and cookies.
To get around this, why not make this something fun that the entire family can do.
Getting the basics right
The first thing on your to-do list should be your eating habits – this forms the foundation of it all. This not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but puts your best foot forward. This is not an overnight process and isn’t a one-off.
The key to successfully changing existing habits is to gradually make changes until it becomes a new habit. This progressive change will make it easier for the family to adapt to instead of being a complete shock to the system.
Start simple with manageable tasks like taking the dog for a walk or starting a vegetable garden. Anything that gets you out into the fresh air and moving is a good start. It doesn’t need to be an hour in the gym, it’s all about making positive changes one step at a time.
4 tips to get started on your journey to healthy living
- Keep moving
The easiest way to get the family moving is to spend time outside or by getting them involved with household chores. Instead of becoming one with your couch, rather get up onto your feet and find something productive to do. Find ways to transform daily activities into ways to get moving.
- Make cooking more involved
To make eating healthy more appealing, why not get the kids involved in meal prep? You know how great it feels when you’ve created something delicious, so imagine how your kids will feel doing the same? Make it an activity that comes with the ultimate bragging rights and then reward yourself with some grown-up activities afterwards when you click to learn more.
- Create a rainbow
Colourful eating is healthy eating, so try to find colourful fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your meals. You could even make it fun and have your kids look for the most colourful fruits and veggies in the supermarket.
- Set realistic goals
Decide on a collective goal, what are you looking to achieve as a family. With fitness trackers and mobile apps readily available, it’s never been easier to keep track of your progress.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start moving!
Getting over the initial hump of family involvement may be tough, but once everyone is on board it’ll be easier to move forward and stay on track. Group goals are great because you have a group of people working towards the same goal helps you stay motivated and driven to succeed.