Single moms want their families to be healthy, though it may seem impossible to keep up with a healthy lifestyle at times. There are many ways you can be sure your family is living healthy, and much of it will not take a lot of extra time.
Getting your children involved in creating your families healthy lifestyle is important, because it is important for everyone to have a say in family decisions. Make sure they know a healthy lifestyle is not a choice, but a necessity, and that you want their input on how to live healthier. A family meeting on the topic can be held, or simply talk while having dinner one evening.
There are a few different aspects of living a healthy lifestyle, and discussing each of them with your children will teach them many valuable things. Hearing their input, including their fears and wishes, will be a bonding experience for all of you. Remember to express your own concerns and wishes as well.
While discussing all this with your children, find out if they might enjoy one or more challenges. Or if they would rather make lifestyle changes without challenges. This is not about competing, but about setting goals and challenging yourselves, as a family, to meet them and then stick with them.
One area to think about is the mental and emotional health of each family member. Ask yourself and your children if you are doing everything you can to be sure each family member is happy and loved. This is not about baby people or spoiling them, but not saying things to belittle each other. Sometimes older siblings will do this to younger ones a little too much, or vice-versa. Being kind to each other is a great first step to living healthy.
Another area to work on is nutritional health. Does your family consume too much processed food? Too much sugar? Too many unhealthy carbs?
Are you being sure to eat protein at each meal? Are you each getting in all your fruit and vegetable servings? Are the fats you’re consuming considered healthy?
Rather than making a bunch of changes all at once and overwhelming everyone, change one thing about your diet each week until you and your family are where you want to be. For instance, during week one you might cut sugary drinks. Week two might be for adding a healthy protein at each meal, and during week three you can eliminate sugary cereals. Keep going until you’re all eating healthy by habit.
Make it a habit to shop and read labels as a family, visit farmer’s markets in season, and check out local health food stores. Don’t forget to look into what the healthiest restaurant options are available in you area, and start cooking together as a family.
As for fitness, there are a number of ways your family can add more exercise:
Walking to get some of your errands done.
Biking the trails in your area.
Dancing to music while cleaning the house.
Raking or shoveling as a family.
Family yoga workouts.
Family dance workouts.
Competing to see who can do the most squats, jumping jacks, leg lifts, or other exercises.
Going to the park to play.
Snowball fights, sledding, and fort building.
There are so many possibilities. What does each member of your family enjoy for physical activities? Use those passions as a jumping off point and grow from there. These activities will be more fun when performed as a family, strengthening family bonds.