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5 Ways To Get Fit As A Family

Do you ever think that eating healthfully and working out would be easy if it weren't for your spouse or kids? Whether you have a small toddler, no time and a snack loving spouse, there are ways to have a family and be healthy!

Check out these tips on how you can make your diet and exercise routine work with your busy family life.

Don't make excuses. Make healthy-eating and regular exercise non-negotiable. Not only will this help you stay on track, but it also sets a good example for your children. They'll learn that taking care of health is a priority.

Ditch the car and do some footwork. Whether it’s your school pickup, getting to the park, or running errands, choose to walk that regular driving or transit route. Experiment with different ways to walk from A to B. Time how long each route takes and track which ones are more fun/more interesting/more noisy. It’s a fantastic way to discover new streets in your neighbourhood, to increase your knowledge of where you live, and to get some good old-fashioned walking in as well.

Be a cheerleader. It's all about positive encouragement. If you want your child to play sports, be there on the sidelines to cheer them on. That means showing lots of energy and enthusiasm, especially at the beginning of the activity, even if you would rather plop down in front of the television yourself. For example, when asking your child to join you for a walk or a game of basketball say, "Come on, get your shoes on. I've already got mine on. I'm really excited to play!"

Take out the TVs. Minimize the temptation to just plop in front of the tube by limiting the number of televisions in your house. Take it a step further limit the amount of time they're allowed to watch TV -- an hour a day is plenty. You might also limit their options: Get rid of the DVD collection and subscribe to a more basic cable package. If there's nothing to watch, vegging in front of the TV becomes a lot less attractive.

Stretch it out. If you're not big on dancing, try a yoga video or "mommy and me" yoga class. With their natural flexibility, many kids are good at yoga. It also can help relieve stress, so it's great for mom and dad, too.

5 Spring Break Tips for Families

We may have marked off the first day of spring on the calendar last week but for those of us in the Northeast or Midwest or Mid Atlantic or okay, let's face it, most of the U.S., it still looks and feels like winter. For parents, this year has been especially harsh, with kids locked in the house and unable to play outside on most days because of frigid, often dangerous conditions outside. Luckily, school spring break vacation is over the next six weeks!

Vacations are an important aspect of work/life balance – providing time for family to decompress, connect, explore, engage, learn, renew and transform. Families that loves to travel and truly make it a focal point of our lives find it can really centers the family. Especially as the kids get older when so many school and sports activities can have us going in different directions.

If you have small kids or older teens in tow, operate on very little sleep and forget what it's like to pack for a whole family, it is the very small details that can make all the difference. So, before you go away for a week, weekend or even just a much needed overnight getaway, here are a few of Rootology's travel tips to make the most of your getaway:

Pack Light: Bring only the essentials. The more you bring, the more you have to keep up with and the heavier the bags. Kids can require a lot of stuff: car seats, strollers, cribs, high chairs. Some car rental companies rent child safety seats and some hotels offer childproof rooms or cribs upon request. Call ahead.

Bring Toys and Games: Be sure to bring something to keep everyone entertained, but leave the singing Barneys and beeping video games at home. You and everyone else will be glad you did. Backpacks for each child are a great way to make sure that everyone in the family gets to bring their chosen toy or game.

Be Flexible: The most important tip of all is to be flexible. Lines will be long, traffic will be heavy, flights will be delayed and children (and adults) will get grumpy. But with just a little planning and an open mind, you’ll survive and enjoy another family vacation.

Listen: A car provides an ideal venue for older children to open up about their feelings. Since the driver looks straight ahead and the passengers often do too, conversation feels much less judgmental than a face-to-face talk. On a long stretch of highway when it's dark, you're likely to find out what it really felt like to come in third at the swim meet.

Let teens pick aspects of the trip: The ultimate procrastinators, most teens won't have given your journey much thought, although they will express definite opinions. Once on the highway, hand your teens guidebooks and travel apps so they can choose a few activities and restaurants.


Sources:

  • Hockin, Nicole. "10 Family Travel Tips." Working Mother. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.
  • Lori, Lisa. "5 Great Spring Break Travel Tips for Families." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 24 Mar. 2014. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.
  • Stapen, Candyce H. "Family Travel: Tips for Road Trips with Kids." USA Today. Gannett, 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.