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A happy and healthy family makes for a rewarding home environment and lifestyle. There is nothing like making sure your loved ones are cared for and in their best health, especially if you have growing children. Staying on top of good health should come easily, but many of life’s distractions with a growing family means certain health practices might get missed.
To help you stay on track, here is a handy checklist for your family’s good health.
Exercising together is one of the best ways to keep your family active as a whole, as well as being the perfect opportunity for bonding and socializing. The best exercises to do together as a family can be ones which also get you out of the house and exploring around you.
With this in mind, you could try:
- Family hikes, whether somewhere local or driving to a well-known hiking location
- Family swimming. Whether indoor or outdoor, swimming is one of the best full-body exercises and can be great for family fun, too. It is also the perfect opportunity to teach young family members how to swim
Ensure a Tidy and Clean Home
Not only does a tidy and clean home simply make sense for comfort, but it is also important for good health. A tidy home without clutter can mean fewer trips and falls, and a healthier space to play. A clean home means keeping on top of dust, dirt and bacteria so that all the family can benefit from a cleaner environment.
Make a Varied Meal Plan
For a busy family, it can be extremely difficult to eat well if you do not consciously make a plan for it. Making a meal plan means you are better equipped to understand healthy ingredients and tailor your menus for what is needed. A healthy meal plan should include all the essentials like fruit, vegetables, minerals and vitamins, like vitamin c, which you can also find in supplement form to more easily incorporate into family life.
Planning ahead also means that mealtimes are less stressful.
Once you have planned your healthy menus, eating together as a family every day is also a great opportunity for good mental health and bonding. Eating together means you can share thoughts and feelings, catch up and socialize, as well as being ideal for parents to focus entirely on their children, with no outside world distractions.
Have a Good Bedtime Routine
As a final point for the list: do not neglect a healthy bedtime! This counts for all family members and not just the youngsters. A good bedtime routine is essential for a healthy sleep pattern and the body’s recovery. A good bedtime routine will help your children to stay disciplined and get to bed early enough, and it will also help adults to find the right time to sleep in order to get adequate rest.
Knowing a specific bedtime every day can also help to prepare in the evenings, such as what time to eat, what time to bathe or how much notice you need to start bedtime preparations for younger family members.