Finding time to be healthy as a busy family can be challenging. Still, since the pandemic began, many families have found simple ways to make their lifestyles healthier without becoming a chore. In our guide, we can help your family embrace healthier living choices that you can all enjoy.
Have Regular Health Checks
Regular health checks are a vital way to discuss any niggling concerns you’ve been having with your doctor before they become serious. Rather than wait and see if that stiffness in your leg or that strange rash goes away, make time to speak to a doctor; this is also an excellent chance to discuss any lifestyle concerns you may have in a calm environment.
As a family, finding time to visit your GP can be difficult. However, with the new GP online service from Virtually, you can speak to a doctor from your smartphone, tablet or laptop online the same day. GP online will save you time and reduce stress so that you can enjoy the good things in life.
Plan Meals In Advance
Planning meals in advance will help you make healthier choices with your food as well as saving you worrying about what you can cook when you get home. Get the whole family involved in the meal planning process; this will give everyone a voice and stop older children from feeling forced to eat better.
Implement A Snack Strategy
Prepare healthy snacks for the week in advance to avoid being tempted by the easy options; try chopping or portioning out fruit and vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, grapes, strawberries or nuts. Have them ready to go in small bags or containers so that if anyone in the family is feeling peckish, the healthy snacks are readily available.
Ways To Sleep Better
Sleep can have a massive impact on your health; if anyone in the family is struggling to sleep, there are many things you can add to your routines to help. Healthier food and exercise can help burn off excess energy before bedtime, and a weighted blanket can help to relieve stress if anyone in the family is under a lot of pressure.
Find Fun Activities
There are plenty of fun activities for families to enjoy together that can help them get moving. Try making a game out of it whether you have young children or older ones; this will help take everyone’s minds off of the chore of exercising and just enjoy the time together. Encourage your family to move for at least 60 minutes a day for improved health, but don’t worry, you don’t have to do an hour all at once split it up into manageable segments. Try 15 to 30 minutes at a time; many people find that it’s easier to exercise when they do this and end up doing more.
Some fun ideas for your family:
- Treasure hunts.
- Bike rides.
- A walk in the woods.
- Play follow the leader.
- Dancing during adverts.
- Football, rugby, basketball or other sports.
- Create an obstacle course at home.