A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. There may be some unhealthy habits that you may have learned over time like eating snacks while watching tv, or going to sleep late. Children also are capable of forming habits, whether they are good or bad. Raising a family is not easy due to you and your children being busy with various activities. It may seem challenging to incorporate a healthy lifestyle in the midst of always being on the go. With healthy eating and exercise habits, you and your family will be at a lower risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Here are a few good habits that you and your family can practice to be healthy and happy:
Without a healthy option planned for each meal, you will find yourself making quick food decisions that aren’t always good for you. Start your day with a healthy breakfast so that you can have adequate energy for the day. Incorporate whole grains in your diet, including brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and rye. Set a goal to eat two cups of fruit and two cups of vegetables per day. It is also essential to increase your intake of water. Dedicate one meal out of the day for the family to sit at the table together.
Become More Active
Exercise is crucial in a healthy lifestyle. Try to spend 30-60 minutes a day doing something physical. This can be done during family time by taking walks or playing tag in the backyard. Try to limit time on mobile devices and tablets and encourage activities such as hiking or biking in the evenings. Your children look to you as a role model; when they see you exercising and staying active, they can inherit this healthy habit as well.
With these tips, you and your family can begin a new life of happy and healthy living.