Getting Into a Healthy Routine Now that the Kids are back to School

The kids are back in school and it’s time for you to get back into a healthy routine. The chaos of the school year can make it difficult to find time to yourself and finding time for a routine that is actually healthy can be even more difficult. Setting the example of a healthy lifestyle and fitness routine can help to instill habits in your children that last a lifetime.

Proper Hydration:

Increasing the amount of water that you drink to keep yourself hydrate is as simple as picking up a reusable water bottle while you are shopping for school supplies. Keeping the bottle with you at all times and keeping it full will automatically increase the amount of water that you drink.

Regular Bedtime Routine:

Instead of attempting to stay up later and keep the early morning schedule of getting the kids off to school on time there should be a regular routine for bedtime. Going to bed at the same time each night can help to ensure that you are getting adequate rest. Performing a relaxing act such as reading a book, taking a warm bath or stretching before bed can help you to sleep better and proper rest is essential to your health.

 

Avoid Taking on Too Much:

With all the after school and extra-curricular activities available to children today it can be tempting to let them try and do them all. This can lead to making the schedule too full and cause additional stress while limiting the amount of time that you have for yourself. Make your children choose the activities that are the most important to them, and limit them to one or two so that everyone in the family has time for themselves.

Regular Healthy Meals:

School’s chaos can make it tempting to skip meals or grab quick snacks on the way out the door. Instead make sure that you have regular meal times as a family that include healthy choices of fruits and vegetables. Cooking more than you will need and freezing the excess for another night can free up time spent in the kitchen while ensuring that you have healthy meals and prevent skipping meals.

Purchasing fruits and vegetables that can be eaten raw will allow for snacks to be healthier than if you purchased cookies to send with the children. Cutting fruit into slices, or putting celery sticks on plates help to ensure that you and your family are eating fruits and vegetables. Adding fruit salad or a green salad to the regular menu can help to ensure that there are healthier choices available to you.

Relax and Clear the Mind:

It is important to take time for yourself even if it is only five minutes during the day. Take a walk outside or simply sit and stretch to clear your mind. Going outside will allow you to get fresh air and clear your mind allowing you to think more clearly and be less likely to grab something unhealthy than if you were simply sitting in the house all day. It is rather simple to get into a healthy routine when the kids go back to school.

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