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Sticking to a healthy lifestyle is something that most adults struggle with. As a result, it’s important that you help your children not only understand the importance of staying healthy but also how they can make it part of their daily routine. This will help them develop excellent healthy habits that they can carry into adulthood.
With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to help your kids follow a healthier lifestyle!
Tell them why it’s important.
The first step towards encouraging children to take control over their health and wellbeing involves teaching them why it’s so important in the first place. However, you should ensure it in a way that they will understand. For example, a healthy lifestyle means that they will have more energy each morning – which means they’ll enjoy school and perform better in class. Furthermore, it helps strengthen their immune system.
Get them excited about sports.
Being active in our daily lives is one of the easiest ways to stay fit and healthy. As a result, you must find a way to get your child interested in sports at an early age. For example, you could sign them up for a range of local fitness classes that cover all bases – from football to dance – so that they can find an activity that they enjoy. During this time, try not to put too much pressure on them to ‘excel at their chosen sport – instead encourage them to focus on having fun. Furthermore, you can also foster a love of sport in your children by watching sports together. For example, if they enjoy rugby, you can watch the B&I Lions Tour or attend a game.
Dispel the idea that healthy food is boring.
When given the choice, most children would have some variation of chicken nuggets for dinner every day, but that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy healthy food – you just need to find a way to keep it fun. Despite popular misconception, healthy food is not and does not have to be boring, and you can always create healthier versions of their favourite dishes. For example, you could make vegan mac and cheese instead of the dairy-heavy alternative.
Set them a daily water challenge.
Many benefits go hand in hand with drinking more water. For example, not only does it keep your body healthy, but it can also increase your energy and productivity levels significantly. However, getting kids to drink more water can be difficult, as many children do not enjoy the taste. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can combat this. For example, you could add fresh fruit to their glass for some extra flavour. Alternatively, you could make drinking water ‘fun’ by setting them a challenge to drink a certain number of glasses each day. In fact, this could be a challenge for the whole family – with a small prize for the winner at the end of the week. For example, the winner could get to choose what you have for dinner or what movie you watch during family film night.