Organize A Weekly Physical Activity
Pick a day (most likely on the weekend) to have a family physical activity like a hike, walk, visit a park or bike riding. Just make sure it involves at least 60 minutes of physical activity and it’s fun enough to keep doing it consistently every week. That way you can have a great time and keep their heart health going up!
Plan For Healthier Diets
While there is a much more comprehensive post about good diets for your heart, you can help the whole family by making a few easy changes:
- Keep the house stocked with healthier snacks rather than chips and soda
- Plan to cook recipes over the week and eat out less
- Frozen meals might be the most convenient, but a meal made with a slow-cooker can be just as easy and way healthier!
Simplify Your Family’s Schedule
Too often families are expected to do it all, but it can be overwhelming and exhausting. That stress can have a large effect on your family’s heart health. Decide what’s important, and start to move away from the other activities. See what you can manage without overworking yourself, and save time for things that matter.
Make Changes Gradually
With any of these steps, the key is to make slow changes and adjust, not to throw out everything unhealthy and cancel all the extra events tomorrow. Improving the health of your family is a marathon, not a sprint. What’s more important is that you keep moving rather than move quickly.
Be The Example
If you want your family to be healthier, first make sure that you are taking the steps in your own life. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to show that you are trying as hard or harder than everyone else. Otherwise, it will be hard to convince the rest of your family to make the hard changes to be healthier.