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Health Tips: 5 Fun Ways To Build A Healthy Family

Health Tips: 5 Fun Ways To Build A Healthy Family

There is nothing better than being able to go outside and be active with your kids. This is a great way to build long-lasting memories and keep everyone happy and healthy. Getting your family to stay healthy doesn’t have to be boring, especially if you do it together. There are so many fun and active activities you can do with your family to stay happy and healthy — even just in your own home.

Here are just five things you can try to get everyone off their phones and onto their feet.

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Build A Fort

Everyone loves playing pretend when they are little, and what better way to play than with a fort?

Building a fort is a great opportunity to have everyone work together to accomplish something great. This not only keeps everyone up and moving, but it also helps inspire creativity. You can keep your building plans safe for children by using a few cardboard boxes, blankets, pillows, and whatever else you can find laying around. With materials like this you are sure to create a fort built for kings. This family activity will bring the whole crew out and provide a great bonding experience for everyone while you are staying active and engaged.

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Dance It Out

Having a dance party is definitely a fun way to get everyone up and moving! There are tons of advantages that come with dancing! Who doesn’t love to dance?

Although you can’t exactly take the kids to a nightclub, you can have your own dance party in your living room. You can even break out the disco ball and strobe lights for the first time in years. You can pick a theme for the dance and have your family decorate the house accordingly. Then, be sure to play your kids’ favorite songs so that they stay excited and engaged! This is definitely something that can be a blast for the whole family! The grownups can keep the party going after the children go to bed by sipping on delicious adult drinks, such as those at Monin, to help them relax and cool down after all the excitement.

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Set Up An Athletic Event

Gym class isn’t the only place where kids can go to run around. Why not do it at home? A fun way to make that happen is to set up a race in your own backyard! You can set up a meter dash or even have a relay race with makeshift batons! Things like this are more fun if the whole family participates. You want to make sure to do everything you can to get everyone involved. You can even set up more challenging events for older kids, such as an impromptu shotput competition or even a neighborhood bike race.

Make Chores Into A Game

This is a really great way to help everyone actually enjoy helping out around the house. One idea is to have your family race the clock to see who can finish all of their work the fastest. Or you can see who can sweep the biggest amount of dirt from the kitchen floor. In the fall, your kids can try to rake the best pile of leaves and jump in them after as a reward! These are just some ideas to liven up simple tasks and make them a bit more active and fun for everyone. These cardio activities will help your family stay fit and keep your home tidy as well.

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Find A Sport For Everyone

A family game of football or whiffle ball can definitely keep everyone together and moving. Consider setting up a makeshift basketball hoop in your driveway for a dunking contest or a place where the little ones can practice their game. All you really have to do is find a sport that everyone in your family enjoys and then you can all play together. This is not only a great way to bond with your family and keep everyone active, but it also can provide you with a great opportunity to teach your children important life lessons.

Overall, these five family activities are sure to keep your family active and having fun together. However, don’t forget to eat healthy as well. As long as you stick to a healthy meal plan and a fitness schedule, your family will be sure to stay happy and healthy.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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