Healthy Habits You Can Form With Your Family This New Year
about 2 years ago
The new year brings a sense of fresh starts, new goals, and self-improvement. This renewed drive for a better self and year can be hindered by a lot of things as the days progress, but one way to keep yourself motivated is to set goals with your family. Not only will you benefit, but they will too! Making New Year's resolutions with your family to increase your healthy habits can help strengthen your family bond and hold everyone accountable to their goals. Considering possible age ranges in various families, some goals are more attainable to everyone than others. We’ve put together a list of ideas with some suggestions of ways to get started. Working together to reach these goals can make this your best new year yet!
Try New Recipes
How often do you make the same meals, or feel like you’ve had the same old thing too much, so you’d rather eat out? Spice things up by adding new meals to your menu! Try to make the meals healthier, focus on using more whole foods and fresh produce. Dr. Guidus explains that eating fresh, whole foods means you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals straight from the source rather than consuming a refined, stripped down version. Fresh foods have higher levels of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Additionally, eating whole, fresh foods can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes. If you want to increase your vitamin and nutrient intake with more options than fresh produce, you can try new recipes using natural products like collagen peptides. BUBS Collagen Protein packs 20 grams of protein and 7 essential amino acids in just two scoops of pure collagen! You can add collagen to regular recipes like penne pasta, pork chops, or even a dessert recipe like this chocolate lava cake that packs some serious protein! For even more recipes, check out the blog on the BUBS website.
Enjoy the new food your family is trying together! Eat your meals together nightly so you have more time to share about your days, talk about goals, and discuss whether you like the new recipes. According to psychoeducation professor Linda Pagani, children who routinely eat their meals together with their families are more likely to experience long-term physical and mental health benefits. Engaging in conversation while you eat not only strengthens social-emotional and communication skills, but can also aid digestion.
Start a new routine by walking
Start nightly family walks! If this sounds daunting, or you think your family might not be on board at first, consider starting small, with short 5-10 minute walks. Slowly increase the length of your walk as you get more comfortable. This can be a great time to reflect on the day together, converse with family, or spend time simply enjoying the peace and fresh air. If you have dogs, bring them along too! According to Americawalks.org, walking is good for your mind and can help treat anxiety and depression while improving self-esteem and happiness. Walking outdoors in green space can improve sleep quality and quantity. It can help those suffering from arthritis, and improve blood pressure, resting heart rate, BMI, and blood cholesterol. You may find that this is something that leaves everyone in the family feeling refreshed. If you are experienced walkers, you could take this to the next level and start regular family hikes. This could mean hiking somewhere locally on the weekends, finding new hikes within driving distance, or even planning a family trip somewhere to experience a new hiking destination! Not only will you be engaging in a healthy habit and getting sneaky exercise, you will create memories that can last forever and instill a love and respect for the outdoors in your family.
Learn a New Sport
The list of potential sports to learn is extensive, so even if you’ve never considered your family to be the “sporty” type, there is bound to be something you can enjoy! Sports like soccer, basketball, football, and baseball require very little equipment and fields and/or goals can often be found at public parks. Other sports like lacrosse or hockey can be explored using lower-grade equipment purchased in the toy aisle before you decide to splurge on the real deal. Make a list of sports that are reasonable for your family and take a vote on one to start with. Regardless of the sport you choose, make sure that you stick to learning it on a regular schedule, at least once or twice a week. Also, be sure to keep a positive attitude and encourage bouncing back from mistakes. Set an example of good sportsmanship as you encourage one another to grow in this sport.
Switch Out Soda
Why should you switch out soda? We have a few reasons. It promotes weight gain, is linked to chronic diseases, may contribute to liver disease, erode your teeth, cause acne, skin aging, decreased energy levels, and has no nutritional value. So really, the question is, why wouldn’t you? If you can’t give up soda cold turkey, try a replacement like seltzer water mixed with lemon. You can even add some collagen protein to increase the nutritional value.
Take a Break From Technology
Countless studies have shown that the light emitted from our screens negatively affects our sleep. Make a goal as a family to turn off devices at least 30 minutes before bed. Take it a step further and decide to turn off all technology on Saturdays, use that time to get outside and get active instead!
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