Back To School Means Back To Health

Back To School Means Back To Health

OK, the summer vacation is over.  All of the good things you did before summer vacation started, your exercise routine, healthy eating habits have all been thrown to the wayside.  You’ve been busy doing all of those vacation things like the trips to the ice cream store or lying around the beach or eating at the fast food stops while travelling. It happens to us all.  And the price we all pay including our children!  Extra pounds have accumulated over the summer.

Now that the school season has returned it’s time for you and your children to get back to good eating habits and start exercising again. Get rid of those unwanted pounds.

The following 4 steps will help you lose those unwanted summer pounds and develop a good routine for the whole school year.

Packing  Lunches.

Prepare your child’s lunch, as well as your own. Including your children in the process from start to finish will insure they are getting what they want in their lunches and are less likely to waste it or give it away.  Make a grocery list for the week letting your children help decide what will be for lunches, as well as the other meals. Remember that kids are more likely to eat healthy foods if they have chosen them themselves. And last, make lunches at the same time that you make dinner in the evening. Not only will your children enjoy the foods that they have prepared themselves but they will also learn the value of taking time to prepare healthy foods. These habits will last them a lifetime and prevent them from turning into eat on the run teenagers and adults who end up in a downward spiral leading to obesity and heart disease.

Schedule your exercise.

In this busy world scheduling is everything. In many homes both parents work and it’s easy to just let something slide like exercise. Learn your children’s school and activity schedule for the week and plan your exercise accordingly. You and your husband/wife can trade off, while one is getting them to school or picking them up the other can slip off to the gym.  If there are special extracurricular activities these can be used for gym time too.  There is always some way to organize your time. This will also help teach your children the importance of exercising.

Make sure your back pack is packed the night before.

What will I need for tomorrow?  A good before bed habit to get your children into is what clothes do I want to wear, what activities do I have tomorrow and will I need extra clothing?  Is their school work packed in their back pack? Little habits like this will prevent a whole lot of chaos in the morning. Now, as an adult, the questions are a bit different but still require planning and packing the night before. Am I going to the gym first thing in the morning? Do I need to pack my clothes for an after work workout? Am I meeting a friend for a run? Do I have some healthy snacks with me? Your children will see you doing the same thing as them.

Coordinate with a friend.

Going it alone is very difficult for many people.  Exercising, be it running or working out at the gym is always more productive if you have company and encouragement.  You will stay interested and active.  The same applies to cooking.  Getting involved with a cooking group or friends, comparing recipes and ideas makes planning and preparing meals fun and interesting.  Remember life is what you make it and it can be fun or a struggle it’s really up to you.  Staying healthy for you and your family is a lifelong job so you may as well enjoy it.

Remember that health should always be your highest priority. Teaching your child that health is just as important to their future as school will get them started on a life long path to healthy living.

And remember  The Best Diet Is No Diet!

Staying healthy and controling your weight is a life long job. doing it right is the key. The Best Diet Is No Diet!

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