5 easy habits for a healthier family
From serving breakfast to bedtime stories and everything in between, parents have a lot on their plate. Staying fit and keeping track of your health and weight along with your growing children’s can be overwhelming. That’s why we want to make it easier to take care of your whole family.
Here are some tips and tricks that can help your family get healthier together.
Incorporate physical activity into your family time
Family time can easily fall into a pattern of movie-watching and board games. While these are great for bonding and having fun, children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day—and adults can benefit from it, too.
So why not make family time a moment for movement?
Going to the park, for bike rides, or long walks are all simple, fun ways to get the whole family moving together. Look up some trails or national parks nearby to check out for a family hike.
For indoor activities, try looking up your favorite family-friendly yoga videos online. Not only is this great for stress relief and getting your body moving and stretching, but it’s a positive way to help your kids harness their focus and sense of calm. If yoga isn’t your style, check out some silly dance songs online, which often blend dancing with games.
Plan your meals in advance and cook together
Planning your family’s meals in advance each week is a great way to avoid the stress of deciding what to eat and make every night, and to avoid giving into the temptation of fast food. It also means saving on groceries and making the most out of leftovers. Plus, meal prepping ensures there are plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and protein on everyone’s plate each evening.
Letting your kids help out in the kitchen is another fantastic way to spend quality time together. Teaching them about proper food prep and the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods is important—not just right now, but for the habits they’ll take with them into the rest of their lives. You can look up videos online, follow recipes by your favorite chefs, or even create your own.
Take advantage of smart tools
From their first kick to their first steps—and much longer after that—you’re constantly worrying about their health, growth, and progress. But what if there was a tool to help you not only measure their health, but yours, too?
The FitTrack Beebo Family Smart Scale is the easiest way to tune in and track your pregnancy weight and health between doctors’ visits. It gives you 17 health metrics, from weight to heart rate, body fat, muscle mass, and more. After your baby is born, hit Infant Mode to track their growth and keep an eye on your own post-baby body journey.
Already have kids or a house full of family members? The FitTrack Beebo is perfect for large families—with the capacity to recognize and track the data for 8 individual users (each with their own profile). And, with the Beebo being a little wider than a typical smart scale, you know there’s plenty of room on your bathroom scale to accommodate all of the body types in your family.
Make everyday chores fun by adding games and activities
Chores are a necessary evil in our eyes—and in our kids’ eyes. They’re often a source of tension within households, but that doesn’t mean they have to be. There are a lot of ways to make them fun and exciting...or at least pretend they are. And include the whole family to speed it up. All while bringing your heart rates up.
- Scholastic says: Hide treats or stickers throughout the house so your child can collect rewards while they dust and put away toys and clothes. Add a timer for an even faster hunt!
- They also recommend playing a round of “10-Second Tidy.” Count down from ten as your kids run around putting away as many things as they can. This can get wild and quickly turn into a competition of who put the most objects away!
- Play some of your family’s favorite music while everyone cleans. Soon enough, it’ll be a full-on dance party.
- Put a mixture of chores and exercises in a hat and have your child pick one out with their eyes closed. They won’t know if they’ll be dusting or doing jumping jacks, but the excitement of finding out will make this fun.
Cheer them on
Changing to a healthier lifestyle for yourself is a challenge—let alone doing it with your entire family. Remember to stay positive and celebrate the big and small accomplishments! From choosing fruits and veggies as a snack instead of cookies to deciding to join a fitness group, all changes for your health are good. Showing up for each other can make a world of difference. At the end of the day, your family is who will be there for you. So give that back and soon enough you’ll be on the road to healthy, positive choices together!
A parent’s job is to keep their children safe, happy, and healthy—and it can be overwhelming. But there are many ways to keep them on a path to physical health and the journey is a lot easier with tools like the Beebo Family Smart Scale, which is made to help measure and track your whole family’s health. Setting your family up for a healthy life is not just vital—it’s priceless.
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