“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Habits are a regular tendency or practice of a person, especially when it is hard to give up. Habits vary from person to person. A person’s personality depends on his/her habits. Personality becomes the identity of the individual, and it impacts society as well as family life. Here are some healthy habits for the whole family that will keep them fit, active, and happy.
Form Good Habits, Break Bad Habits
Habits are not always healthy (GOOD). They may be unhealthy (BAD), which impacts our life adversely. To become successful in all aspects of life, we should develop healthy habits. Many of these healthy habits might be hard to adapt, but it requires a mindset to change it. You can start with a small task and make improvements over time.
Healthy Habits For The Whole Family
1. Start Your Day Early On A Regular Basis
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
It is a very healthy habit for a healthy family. The successful people in their everyday life attribute their success to early morning productivity. Waking up earlier boosts metabolism by putting us in sync with the way the body works. We must wake up early before sunrise, which helps in balancing the hormone levels.
Our morning depends on our night’s rest. When we are deprived of good sleep, it is tough to be productive. To wake up early, all family members should go to bed first. Before going to bed, we should switch off all screens an hour before bedtime. It will help to prevent sleep disruption, obesity, and mental health issues like anxiety and loneliness.
2. Exercise On Daily Basis
“Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.”
Starting your day hastily will throw off your mood and may shift our routine. Save time in the morning for reflection, gratitude, prayer, or meditation; it will set the tone for a successful day. Everyone should do exercise regularly. Do something you enjoy. Variety is the key to prevent boredom! We should consider making time to exercise as a family. Spending time outdoors (beach, trek, etc.) can help improve your concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase vitamin D intake.
3. Eating Meals Together As A Family
“Families that eat together stay together.”
Families who share meals together regularly, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, reap many benefits. Kids who eat family meals tend to eat a wider variety of foods and become less picky eaters.
Breakfast is an important meal of the day. It provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. So, all family members must have breakfast. It is very important to be consistent and disciplined with the time at which we take our meals. We should have light dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime.
All our meals should be nutritious. Fluid content in our diet must be generous.
4. Balanced And Nutritious Diet
“A healthy outside, starts from the inside.”
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a diet that comes from a healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, fats, vitamins, and minerals, is ideally a ‘Balanced Diet.’ Concerning Indian food habits, our traditional diet is considered to be healthy.
Healthy eating increases energy, improves the way our body functions, strengthens our immune system, and prevents weight gain. Children who don’t get enough healthy foods may face growth and developmental problems, poor academic performance, and frequent infections.
All family members should eat a balanced meal. Include foods from various food groups such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, proteins, etc. We should avoid or limit highly processed foods, refined grains, trans fats, added sugar and salt, red and processed meat, and alcohol.
5. Sharing Household Chores By All Family Members
“Many hands make light work.”
Life is becoming more modern. Adults are always busy working in offices to earn money. The children spend most of their time studying at school and at home. When all family member shares the household chores, it helps them to get closer and also reduces the burden on mothers. Mothers will get more time to rest and to do creative hobbies. As a parent, we must prepare our children for life. We are not going to be always here to teach them what they need to know. We want our children to be able to do things for themselves.