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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.

Featured photo credit: Grant Benton via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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