As much as each person plays their own role in the family, it’s also very much a team effort. What habits do healthy happy families keep?
#1 They stay active together
They make it a weekly affair to go outdoors and play with their whole family. Whether it’s a hike to MacRitchie Reservoir or a stroll at the Botanic Gardens, regular physical activities help to relieve stress and anxiety. Why? When you engage in these activities, your body produces endorphins (brain chemicals that help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure).
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Consider doing something new each week, switching from moderate to high intensity active play activities and sports. Hit the trampoline park or go rock climbing. Sports that makes you sweat is beneficial to your body system. Sweating helps to release toxins, improve blood circulation and speed up metabolism. It also enhances your child’s immune system and is associated with improved heart and lung functions.
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#2 They have meals together
A study done by the University of Michigan discovered that the amount of time children spent eating meals at home was the single biggest predictor of better academic achievement and fewer behavioral problems. According to the study, mealtime was even more influential than time spent in school, studying, attending religious services, or playing sports. But make sure that dinner is a phone or electronic-free zone!
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#3 They eat well
Be the one who decides what food goes into your kitchen. The key is to start your kids from young, and introduce other choices of healthier snacks available. Make it a point to eat healthier choices in front of them too. Instead of chips and sugared biscuits, take healthier options such as unflavoured nuts, fresh chopped fruits and veggies. Instead of soft drinks, go for freshly made juice. Instead of ice-cream, make your own by creating fruit popsicles using fruit purees.
Did you know that most of the vitamins we obtain come from the food we eat? A balanced diet usually provides enough vitamins A, B, C, D and E. But due to our hectic work schedule, sometimes our diets may be compromised.
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#4 They prioritize sleep
Want to reduce your stress levels, have better memory, live longer and spur your creativity? Get enough sleep. Studies have shown that adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.
In a 2009 study, the journal Pediatrics found that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. Children who go to bed at the same time every night are also less likely to be obese.
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#5 They are close with their grandparents and parents in-laws
Connections between generations can have long-term benefits for grandparents, parents and children. A study done by the Journal of Family Psychology found that adolescents who had more grandparent involvement in their lives had fewer emotional problems and were more social than those who had less involvement. Be sure your kids and parents and parents-in-laws have plenty of time to connect and interact.
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This article is contributed by EMED Pharmacy.
This was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine.
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