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Must keep Your Family Healthy

Being healthy should not be considered as an overwhelming task. It is always easier to start by creating simple routines that can be easily followed. Here are a few basic health tips to begin this New Year on a healthy note and bring you one step closer to an improved lifestyle.

1. Walk for 30 minutes daily

Walking is a great way to improve and maintain ones’ overall health.This could be made into a fun family exercise, by hitting to the nearest park. These 30 minutes cardiovascular exercise increases fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boosts muscle power and intensifies endurance levels.Walking is considered to have a low impact, requires minimal equipment and can be done and performed at any point of the day, on your convenience.

2. Have a Healthy Breakfast

“Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper”, is a well-known phrase, but how many of us manage to abide by it? A healthy breakfast fuels you up with various essential nutrients and gets you ready for the day. It is crucial to take out a few minutes to consume a heavy breakfast within two hours of waking up. For those who are always on-the-go, no time for a hearty meal; energy bars substitute as healthy option. Mothers who are concerned about their children should definitely try the Almond and rice crispy breakfast bars that are not only healthy, but are easy-to-carry and can be consumed on-the-go.

3. Snack smartly on dry fruits

Snacking throughout the day is actually a good idea, as it can help keep blood sugar levels and energy steady – which leads to enhanced mood, better productivity and keeps you satiated for long. However, pointless munching over a bag of chips would sabotage all your attempts towards a healthy living. Hence, one should adopt a healthy snacking habit. One such habit can be snacking on dry fruits such as almonds, pistachios, cashews or walnuts,in between meals.Having nice jars of dry fruits and nuts on your kitchen countertop is an easy way to start changing your family’s impromptu snacking habits.Get ideas for tasty and nutritious treats for everyone in your family – from kids with the after-school munchies to parents who are trying to slim down, here.

4. Take the stairs. No elevators. No escalators.

Yet another small change in one’s lifestyle, climbing stairs can be one of the most efficient and effective cardio and strength building workouts. It helps you burn calories, lose weight and strengthen and tone major muscle groups. One must have a staunch family rule to not opt for the easier way out by taking the elevators or the escalators; in fact they should promote the use of stairs more often.

5. Have a fixed bedtime

We all need a good night’s sleep. It is as important for adults as is for children. We sleep to restore brain chemicals and rest the body. In fact, lack of sleep can affect our daytime functioning, hormonal balance, appetite, and immune system. Hence, keeping a regular sleep schedule-even on weekends-maintains the timing of the body’s internal clock and can help you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Parents must inculcate the habit of sleeping early for their kids to follow suit.

6. Practice meditation and positivity with family

In our busy, always-in-a-rush society, meditating can prove to be calming and beneficial to parents and children alike. Meditating together is not only a great way to bring more positivity, mindfulness to your lives and focus to your days, but is also a great way to spend quality time with your family.