Families today are busy. With work and school, sports and social outings, it can feel impossible to find time for healthy living. If, like many, you’re thinking about new years resolutions, we have a few tips on how to become a more heart healthy family in 2020 – and beyond.
Identify Opportunities for Activity – In Advance
Look at the days or weeks ahead, comparing all family members’ obligations, and schedule a few 30-minute activity sessions. Put them on everyone’s calendar!
What to do during those 30 minutes? Go for a walk or a bike ride, visit the park, turn on a yoga video, or just have a dance party in the kitchen! Keep it simple, laid-back and fun.
Simplify the Schedule
If you can’t find any time for activity, it’s time to take a closer look at the family schedule. Are there any activities that can be put on hold? Any social gatherings that can be missed? An overscheduled family is usually a stressed family, which is also bad for the heart. Try to find ways to slow down.
Meal Plan and Prep
It’s easy to reach for the most convenient option after a long day at work. Planning for meals in advance is key to putting healthy dinners on the table. Set yourself up for success by taking an hour or two on the weekend to make a plan and grocery shop. You can also meal prep – cut up veggies, group canned goods and spices together – to make cooking even faster and easier.
Make Health a Shared Responsibility
Kids can – and should – help you make some of these lifestyle changes. Ask them for help meal planning and grocery shopping, or cooking if they’re old enough. Let them plan a 30-minute activity session. If all members of the family are involved and invested, you’ll have a more heart healthy family in no time!
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