Healthy eating and exercise have wonderful benefits for your body, but did you know that building strong bodies together as a family can also build strong bonds? Champions Urgent Care cares about your health both within our doors and without, and are committed to helping families find a path to happier, healthier lives while establishing lifelong habits.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may seem like a daunting task as the summer comes to a close, and our families fall back in to more rigid school and work routines. Between meetings, homework, and after school activities, swinging by a fast food chain for dinner can become an easier, faster solution than spending more time on our feet in the kitchen. But not only can the expense of frequent fast food stops take a toll on our wallets, it can take a toll on our bodies, as well. Meal preparation can be a great way for families to cut back on spending, have a healthier alternative to fast food, and save time in the kitchen.
Another advantage of meal preparation is that it can become a family activity by delegating certain tasks to each different able bodied family member. While one dices tomatoes, another can be in charge of mixing ingredients, while still another reads directions and stores away the food.
After dinner walks are a great way to wind down for the evening while promoting family bonding, and a healthy habit that is both low-impact and simple. A daily 30-minute walk can improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, maintain body weight, and so much more.
Choose Toys Wisely
One way to encourage your children to get active is to offer toys that promote physical activity. Kites, skateboards, jump ropes, and a variety of sports balls are all great ideas to get kids moving and reduce daily screen time, which experts say should be limited to no more than two hours a day.
Go Green with Gardens
Gardens can offer a great reason to get outside and get active. They can be used as a valuable tool in teaching children the growing process, especially when growing fruits or vegetables that can then be used in your family’s meals. Tending to and caring for a garden also builds teamwork, responsibility, and gives families a visible, tangible goal that they watch grow together.
Lead by Example
The term, “do as I say, not as I do,” is an age-old adage amongst parents. But this philosophy is not so simple for children who like to emulate every word and action their parents say and do. The best way to teach children to lead a healthy lifestyle, to cultivate a lifelong habit of healthy eating and exercise, is to lead by example. More than with words, a parent’s actions can speak volumes to the importance of fitness.
It’s never too late to get your family up and moving. Even the smallest change in your lifestyle can make a huge impact and prevent lifelong diseases, many of which can develop during early childhood. Champions Urgent Care is here to help, offering weight loss management services that include doctors, dieticians, meal replacement programs, commercial weight-loss programs, and kilojoule-controlled meals. For more information, give us a call at 281.444.1711, or visit us at www.champions-urgentcare.com.
For more information on ways to get your family active, visit www.letsmove.gov.