January 13th, 2015

5 Tips for Staying Healthy and Active With Your Family

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5 Tips for Staying Healthy and Active With Your Family Groovy Green Livin

My spin class at the gym was packed this morning. Not a spare bike to be found. Just goes to show you that no one wants to be outside when the temps are below zero. Or maybe everyone has a New Year’s Resolution to hit the gym?

Whatever the reason may be, during the winter months it can be somewhat challenging to stay active and healthy.

I’ve somehow managed over the years to stay motivated and we’re doing the same as a family. I’ve figured out a little trick. When I throw out an idea for a family activity I leave very little wiggle room for anyone to bail. For example I sometimes randomly announce “In about 15 minutes we are all going for a hike”. There are inevitably a few groans and moans, but if we all head out the door it’s unlikely that anyone will want to stay behind.

There are a few things you can do to keep your family healthy, happy and active throughout the winter months. Once these suggestions become part of your daily routine the transition to spring and summer will be a breeze.

Eat Healthy Food

This sounds so simple, yet it’s a challenge for many of us. When we’re rushing around it’s hard to fit in a good, healthy meal. I try to keep healthy after school snacks easily accessible. Slicing up veggies are quick and easy. Also, as a special treat we are well stocked with Stonyfield yogurt. Another easy snack to grab n go.

Stay Active Together

Find an activity that everyone in your family loves to do and go with it! Our family happens to love to ski. We try to spend as much time as we can on the slopes. I love it most because there are no screens involved and we’re outside together even on those chilly below zero days.

Cook Together

It’s so important to let your kids be active participants in the cooking processespecially if they show an interest. If they cook it they’re more likely to eat it and hopefully love it. Especially if the food they’re preparing is healthy. Having cookbooks for kids around the house will make the process that much easier.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so important in our overall health. In a large U.S. study, people who tended to get less than six hours of sleep nightly were more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and to be obese.

Allow Your Children to Explore

Allow your children to find what they really love to do and support them in their decision. I always tell my kids that I truly don’t care what activity they choose as long as they’re moving. If everyone in your family has different interests, alternating activities might work well. What one child may love might not resonate with the others and that’s OK. Unless it’s skiing of course.

How do you keep your family healthy and active? 

 


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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. I am honored to be a paid YoGetter Captain for Stonyfield Organic. All opinions in this post are my very own. 

 photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc

6 Responses to “5 Tips for Staying Healthy and Active With Your Family”

  1. I like your ideas. When we travel I always try to build in something active into our itinerary, especially since I know we won’t be eating home cooked, healthy food. Whether it is a hike, walk, rock climbing, skiing, or white water rafting, it isn’t just lounging on a pool chair (although I could use one of those vacations about now!)
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  2. It’s definitely much harder to keep the kids active in the winter months. Luckily, my kids still love to play outside even when it’s cold. So I generally bundle them up and push them out the door 🙂

  3. I love going to the Y as a family. My kids like walking the track with us and going swimming! Great list!

  4. These are great tips. This weather has been terrible for getting us moving and staying moving! We need to do better indoors!
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  5. I really do think families should try to cook more and not rely so much on fast food or takeout. It may be time consuming but in the end it’s worth it plus they’re so many quick, healthy recipes out there!

  6. These are all great ideas that our family is good at and I see as essential for our health and well being! Personally I’m trying to be much better about getting more sleep in 2015! 🙂

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