In any new year, we often turn our attention to making changes and improvements in our own lives, but do you do the same for your children?
It’s easy to think that kids don’t need to worry too much about making their own changes at an early age, or focusing on good habits; they’re young and care free, and this is the time for them to try everything and enjoy themselves without constraint…right?
Well, not exactly. The best way to lead a healthy lifestyle in the future is to start the practice as early as possible. The younger you are, the easier you’ll adapt to good habits!
So, we’ve put together 5 tips to help make sure your kids live a healthy and happy 2016, just like you.
1) Promote healthy eating through games
With so much junk food on offer wherever you shop or eat, the temptations are great to give in and let your kids have something sugary or fatty. And the chances are it’s always going to happen once or twice. But that’s OK, as long as you play the 80/20 game with your children.
Talk to them about the importance of healthy eating, and how if they want to grow taller and stronger, or have good looking skin and hair, they need to eat all the right types of food. But if they eat 80% of those foods, they’ve done a great job, and can eat 20% of something else as a treat! You can then dictate what good foods they need to eat, and what kind of treats they get too.
2) Hydrate effectively with the wee check
Drinking right is just as important as eating. Our bodies are made up of a lot of water, and our brains need it to function effectively. Tell this to your kids, and make sure they know why they need to drink lots of water!
How can they tell if they need a drink? Well, just get them to check their wee every time they go to the toilet. It if looks clear like water, it’s all good. If it looks yellow, then they should go and grab a glass of water themselves.
3) Encourage lots of good sleep
Sometimes getting children into bed to sleep at night can be real uphill battle. But sleep is vital for the recovery and growth functions that help them to develop. For lots of young, small children, all they want to do is grow when they’re little, to be like big brother, big sister, mummy or daddy.
So, tell them how when they sleep, the brain turns on the growing mechanism in their body. When they’re asleep, they grow. You’ll be amazed at how children then want to put themselves to bed!
4) Let the air in
Good fresh air is another essential ingredient of a happy, healthy life, and the natural outside air can really help children improve their moods and develop their cognitive abilities. Homes are filled with all kinds of aromas, but many of them come from cleaning chemicals and air freshening products.
Be sure to open windows wherever possible. Having a window open just a crack during the night will help circulate the air in your child’s bedroom and regulate their body temperatures when they’re sleeping.
5) Make exercise fun
This is one we know all about at Hale Country Club & Spa. Kids won’t just go out for run or go to the gym, just like many adults don’t; it’s just too boring. But exercise is important for both healthy development in the body, and improved ability in the brain.
So, make exercise seem fun and engaging, by taking them to do things they love doing or want to try out. Any kind of martial arts workout, like Karate School, or a dancing class, like Ballet, are really effective because they require focus and co-ordination as routines are learnt, which helps to work their brains as well as their bodies!
Why not bring your children down to try out one of our special kids classes here at the club?