The kids are back in school. Between car pools, homework and after-school activities – not to mention your own obligations – how do you have time to stay healthy? Here are six simple diet and fitness tips for busy families:
- Eat breakfast. You’re vigilant about making sure your kids have a healthy breakfast every morning, but what about you? A simple cup of coffee is not a healthy way to start your day. If you’re rushed, plan for a meal that can be put together quickly, such as yogurt with granola and dried fruit, or peanut butter whole grain bread.
- Snack smartly. Cut up veggies and fruits in advance and place in individual storage bags in the refrigerator so you can grab an easy, healthy snack when you’re on the go. Nutritious snacks and mini meals throughout the day are a great way to keep energy levels high.
- Set a schedule. Plan your workouts for the week ahead and write them down on your calendar. You wouldn’t skip a meeting at the office or your child’s school, so treat your exercise appointments with the same importance.
- Break it up. If you can’t find an hour each day to exercise, break your workout into shorter 10-15 minutes segments. Even small amounts of exercise can add up to big results. If your child has practice after school, lace up your sneakers and run around the track.
- Exercise as a family. Make playing with your kids a workout and teach them the importance of exercise. Get everyone together for a hike or bike ride. If you have a young child, get her in the stroller and go for a 20-minute run. Or take your dog for a power walk.
- Rest and relax: Stress isn’t beneficial for anyone. Take the time each day to relax and recharge. Do a crossword puzzle over a cup of tea, take a relaxing bath or read a chapter of a good book. You deserve quality time for yourself. You’ll be happier, and your family will be happier as a result.