Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 01:44 pm

It is vital to our health and wellbeing to eat healthily and exercise regularly, amongst other things. Once you understand how to motivate yourself into adopting healthy habits, you can use that knowledge and these strategies to help your kids get on track, too.

Be a good example. Changing your own behaviour is the first step to changing your child’s behaviour. Your spouse or kids may not suddenly jump at the chance to join you at the gym, but that doesnâ??t mean your example isnâ??t influencing them.

Make it easy. Create routines and an environment that makes healthy choices easier for everyone, says Elizabeth Ward, RD, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler. Get fresh fruit out of the fridge and put it in a bowl on the table, for example, or involve the kids with cooking or shopping.

Find the fun in fitness. Be on the lookout for physical activities children enjoy, from walks to tennis to climbing trees.

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Integrate small, positive changes into activities everyone enjoys. If the family’s going to sit down for a movie, make it a routine that everyone goes for a walk together, first.

Be willing to sacrifice. Your family will need to let go of some well-loved but unhealthy habits to make room for the new healthier ones. For example, you may miss your regular slice of chocolate cake but after a while you will grow to love your perfect piece of fruit.
Be creative. Even after you’ve found a great lifestyle for family fitness, things can get boring, so don’t be afraid to mix it up. Be flexible and open to new ideas and involve the whole family.
Source: WebMD

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