Family Health: Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle During the Pandemic

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A healthy lifestyle is significant to a family because it improves everyone’s physical, mental, and emotional state. Their health can affect their behavior towards people outside the family, but they can practice several habits to adopt a healthier lifestyle. These habits, once practiced regularly, will result in a positive outlook on life. The following habits are the ones that you should practice together with your family:

1. Sleep Early

Did you know that you have to sleep at least eight hours to get a good night’s sleep? This rings true as there are many benefits to having a good night’s sleep. You can’t achieve a full eight hours of sleep if you sleep late because your body clock naturally wakes you up early. Not getting a good night’s sleep can cause stress, poor memory, poor focus, and impatience; therefore, affecting school or work. If you want to start your path to a healthy lifestyle, sleeping early is the first way to go.

2. Exercise

Exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. It boosts our energy, improves our mood, and helps us sleep better. You can play fitness videos and exercise together in the living room. You can make use of your gym equipment or use household items as an alternative if you don’t have one. Household items that you can use are a sack of rice, filled water bottles, and milk jugs.

3. Eat Healthily

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Kids are more likely to model the behavior of their parents. So if you want your kids to eat fruits and vegetables, you should set an example. Limit junk food, soft drinks, and sweets, especially before meals, because they will lose their appetite for the main meals. You can look for healthy recipes online for your kids and put them on the meal plan before the week starts. Creativity is a must when you have kids who are picky eaters.

It’s okay to give your kid junk food, soft drinks, and sweets as long as you keep them from their line of sight. They will be difficult to control if they have access to it all the time. Give them little pieces from time to time to somehow satiate their cravings.

4. Bond With the Family Outdoors

Hiking, biking, gardening, and playing with your puppy are some of the activities that you can partake in with your family outdoors. Or, if you want something new, you can enroll your puppy in a puppy training school. These outdoor activities will provide a breath of fresh air after spending a lot of time indoors. In addition, these activities can help you reconnect with nature—something that rarely happens when you are at school or work for most of the week. So set aside an outdoor bonding with your family on weekends.

5. Declutter Your Home

A messy home cannot provide you peace. Make it a habit to declutter your home by throwing away things that you do not need and organizing things in disarray. The unnecessary mess will just contribute to your stress and hinder complete relaxation. Set aside time for cleaning and organization to rid your house of stress. While cleaning, you can also decide which things to keep and to throw away.

6. Administer a Gadget-free Period

It is a tough feat for parents to separate social media and gadgets from their kids. They get tantrums and will only calm down when you return said gadgets. Make it a household rule to administer at least two hours of gadget-free period to stay grounded. This will enable everyone to connect and socialize without the distractions of games and social media. Gather all their gadgets and keep them in one place where only you can access them.

Nowadays, adopting a healthy lifestyle can be difficult because of the distractions surrounding us. Social media and gadgets have kept children entertained enough not to bother playing outdoors. But as a parent, you can enforce your authority by following the tips above. The tips above are guides that you can encourage your entire family to practice healthy living. Remember that your kids’ healthy habits carry over into adulthood.

In this pandemic where we are mandated to stay indoors, a healthy lifestyle can be difficult to achieve. Of course, we can bond outdoors with the family as long as we take the necessary precautions. The current pandemic should not hinder us from promoting a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, it should be a reason to go outside because being indoors all the time will do us no good. Lastly, let us make this a regular thing to keep our wellness in check.

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