Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Keep Your Kids Happy and Healthy This Fall

Fall is in full swing, and the added responsibilities and activities can take a toll on the balanced life you lead. When activities increase, it’s difficult to find time to be together as a family, including time to sit down to eat well-balanced meals. Making sure your kids are getting proper nutrition and exercise can be just one more thing to manage – especially when you are managing your household, a job, a family, and your own personal time. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle during the productive fall season.

Growing up our moms told us the importance of eating our vegetables, but for today’s busy families, it can be difficult to make sure that your kids are getting all the vitamins they need in their servings of vegetables – not to mention getting kids to eat their veggies at all.  While it’s important to teach kids to nurture their bodies even if they don’t love the taste of a particular food, you can also make sure your kids take daily vitamins to supplement any nutrition lost from a stubborn kid. You can even mix vitamins in with a delicious smoothie in the morning to make sure your kids are fueled up and ready to start another day.

It’s important for your kids to get daily exercise – and important for you and your partner as well. Rather than sending the kids out to play during the remaining fall days, consider using the few hours between coming home and dinner to go for a family walk or play a game of tag in the yard. Walk down to a local park to play catch, swing, and enjoy one another’s company. You will not only invest in your kids’ lives now, but will also instill in them a life-long understanding of the importance of exercise in their daily lives. Exercise doesn’t just help our physical bodies. It is also vital to mental and emotional heath. Start your kids when they’re young to help them maintain optimum health throughout their lives. Prioritizing exercise will also teach them that no matter how busy they get, taking thirty minutes for exercise is an important part of the day. It’s a great time to bond with your loved ones.

Increased activities during a busy season don’t mean you have to sacrifice health in order to keep them up. Take some time each day to maintain a proper diet and exercise, and your kids will thank you later.

Paige One enjoys writing about a variety of ideas, from fashion to fitness. Keep your kids healthy with the proper nutrition and exercise this fall and they’ll definitely enjoy it. 

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