It’s common for new parents to feel like there’s no time for healthy habits once kids enter the picture. But the habits we model for our children shape their health for life. While kids change your routine, you shape their future. So what steps can families take to develop healthy lifestyles together? Here are 5 habits of healthy families to consider making part of your new normal.
5 Healthy Family Habits to Try
Childhood obesity and poor nutrition can negatively impact kids’ health, school performance, self-esteem, and longevity. Getting your family on a healthy track is vital. What routines can help? Here are 5 habits for families aiming to be healthy together.
Rise and Shine at the Same Time
Waking up together at the same time each day synchronizes your internal clocks for better sleep health and energy. And a consistent sleep schedule lays the foundation for well-rested kids who make better choices. Make mornings special with family breakfasts.
Take Turns Choosing Meals
Get everyone involved in dinner decisions within healthy boundaries, like no fast food and balanced nutrition. Draft a “meal wheel” with each family member’s name. They pick the meal on their day. It makes dinner more fun while prioritizing health.
Make fitness family time, whether hiking together or taking a class. Exercising together in the morning reduces stress and boosts energy and bonding. It’s great for kids’ healthy development. For guided programs, check out Fit2B, which offers family-friendly workouts.
Plan Weekly Indulgences
Schedule weekly treats like “Sundae Saturdays” for movie night or “Whatever Wednesdays” for comfort food. A little family fun time is good for emotional health and makes staying on track more rewarding.
Take Regular Family Walks
Walks are a healthy way to bond while sharing feelings and strengthening communication. Quality time focused on your kids shows them they matter most. And disconnecting from devices to connect with nature is good for perspective.
Try one new healthy habit as a family. Tailor ideas to suit your needs. Your kids deserve your best example. Healthy together, stays together!