Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Active Tips for a Healthy New Year

A healthy, active lifestyle is one of the best things you can give your family this year. Active kids focus better, sleep better, have fewer health problems and take that active lifestyle with them into adulthood. Applying the principal of kinetic energy to our bodies, the more active a lifestyle we have, the more energy we'll have and the better we'll feel.
If your New Years resolution includes getting your kids off the couch and away from the screen, here are some tips.

1. Establish a No Drive Zone around your house.
This is the distance you can easily walk or ride a bike or scooter -- even if you have to bundle up. It should be at least a few blocks, it could be up to a half mile. You'll get more exercise, save wear and tear on your car, and be kinder to the environment.

2. Sign-up.
Joining a sports team, signing up for a weekly yoga class, or joining a play group at the park will put an active lifestyle on your schedule. Look around your community for things that interest you, or start your own group. Moms in my neighborhood started a hiking group for moms with kids and loved getting outside to enjoy nature.

3. Swap it.
Swap fresh fruits or vegetables for one of your snacks each day. My kids know that after school they have to have some fruit before they have anything else.
Swap 1/2 hour of active time with your kids' after school t.v. habit. They'll be able to focus on chores and homework better and go to sleep more quickly at night.

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