February 22nd is National Healthy Lifestyles Day. To make the most of this day, we are sharing with you ways to include the whole family in a bid for a healthier approach to life.
1. Watch your weight
To maintain a healthy weight, you have to eat. When you starve yourself, ghrelin (the hunger hormone) spikes for at least half an hour, leading you to consume far more calories than if you hadn’t eaten on an empty stomach.
Avoid bad, spur-of-the-moment decisions for lunch and breakfast by having one or two healthy staples ready in your pantry or fridge, for example a handful of almonds.
Decisions about what to eat must be made at the supermarket. Do not take the kids along, as they will obviously want sweets and biscuits – which will be tempting no matter how you plan to restrict them. Out of sight, out of mind works best – so leave them on the shelves altogether. Stock up rather on snacks such as nuts and pretzels, washed and chopped fruit and vegetables.
2. Move it
Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, every day. To keep your daily workout short and convenient, consider finding something to do at home – dance in the lounge, skip outside, take a walk in your neighbourhood.
Get active as a family and keep yourself young in the process by using your mind to activate your muscles to dance or catch a ball.
3. Team effort
Encourage your children to have an appreciation of how valuable their bodies are, sit down for dinner together. Creating emotional harmony has been shown to improve not just their eating habits, but also their school results and willingness to open up to you.
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