Americans are getting a bad rap these days for the unhealthy lifestyle choices many citizens of these United States make. If you find that you are growing worried because your family seems to be making similarly unhealthy choices – whether it’s lots of stops at McDonald’s or crashing out in front of the tube every night – then it’s time that you consider making a change. Here are a few suggestions that will help you and your family live healthier lives.
Water instead of soda. Not only is it easier to access, but you have unlimited tap water, whereas soda is expensive and, let’s face it, terrible for you. The average person today could stand to drink a little more water than they normally do, as drinking at least eight glasses of water a day helps your immune system stay healthy and maintains your metabolism. So instead of letting your kids crack a can of Coke at dinnertime or a restaurant, suggest a glass of water or fruit juice instead.
Sack lunches. Stop your children from making potentially unhealthy choices in the cafeteria (most kids would eat greasy pepperoni pizza every day if you let them) and your partner from grabbing fast food on their lunch break by taking an old-fashioned tip: sack lunches! Let the kids pick out their own lunchboxes or decorate them in the style they prefer. That way you can ensure that everyone in the family is guaranteed a nutritious meal: try lean meats like turkey for sandwiches, vegetables, and fruit. Leave out the potato chips!
Hygiene consciousness. Especially if you are the proud parent of at least one teenager, you’re going to want to make sure that everyone in your household is practicing good hygiene. This includes regular showers, using deodorant, making certain that their clothing is in the laundry hamper instead of on their bedroom floor (or on their bodies for the sixth day in a row). Everyone in the house could probably stand a checkup with the dentist. Make sure that everyone is flossing and brushing their teeth after every meal!
Move it all around. You can encourage family bonding time as you set up exercise goals for everyone in your home instead of letting your kids, your spouse, or yourself veg out in front of the television every night. During warmer months (or if you live in a more temperate climate), go for a walk after dinner or head to a park. If snowstorms are in the forecast, invest in a Wii Fit so you can exercise and have fun at the same time!
The right amount of sleep. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of deep sleep to function properly. Make sure that your kids – and you and your spouse – are leaving the electronics off just before bed. The light can be distracting and often means that your sleep isn’t as deep or as refreshing as your body requires.