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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 November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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