If 2021 has left you feeling more like a fitness nut than a happy family person, do not worry: it is not too late to get back in a healthy routine. Back-to-School season can often feel like a new beginning (even for adults) making it an ideal opportunity to revitalize good habits that will get you through the winter months and into the warmer, calmer months ahead. A healthy routine will not only make school easier and more fun, but it will also make you stronger and healthier for the years to come. It is never too early to start! Here are some healthy school activities that can be tailored to your child’s needs and age to ensure the best possible learning experience:
Children (and parents) respond better to a variety when it comes to their school routine, so don s t go straight for the treadmill and elliptical. Instead, start out with a little bit of walking around: pick up your children in books and newspapers, take a walk around the block or up to the playground. A daily walk around the neighborhood provides the opportunity to socialize and meet new people, and can be a great introduction to exercise. Even if you do not want to get into any physical activity, walking around the block daily can help you get a better idea of your neighborhood and discover new places to dine.
Adults may need to adjust their fitness routines during the winter, when less physical activities become necessary. It is especially important to maintain healthy habits around the house, which means being more aware of your water consumption and taking better care of your garbage. Start the day with a morning cup of coffee and a bowl of fruit, and then move on to a light breakfast of toast, cereal, and a glass of milk or fruit juice. Light and breakable habits are more easily maintained, and you will be more likely to stick with them when you are hit with a change in your routine.
Another aspect of a healthy routine is getting to bed every day on time. Unfortunately, insomnia is a common problem that causes people to fall into the rabbit hole of poor sleep habits. For one thing, it is hard to get to sleep if you have not established a routine for going to bed. Set a bedtime routine, like getting dressed and brushing your teeth, and follow it. Getting to bed at the same time each day is a great way to maintain a consistent sleeping pattern, as is waking up at the same time each day.
One other area that can be improved through small changes in your diet. Changing your diet by adding or removing certain foods from it can make a big difference in your overall health. For example, eating a slice of whole grain bread instead of white can have a positive effect on your blood sugar levels. Taking a small step like this can really have a positive effect on your overall healthy habits.
The biggest factor in maintaining a healthy routine is consistency. If you don’t follow a routine, you will soon slip out of it. If you are tired, you will get less done during the day, and in turn, you may not be as productive as you could be. Consistency allows you to remain at your current routine but also to make small changes to it, which can have a positive effect on your health. Consistency and small changes is the key to maintaining a healthy routine everyday.