As a parent, it’s important to take care of your health. Being healthy means you’re round longer for your children and will have more energy to play games and have fun together. Seeing you demonstrate good health habits is a great way for your kids to learn to be healthy as they grow up too. Even small changes can make a big difference to your health, without the need for a full lifestyle overhaul.
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- Stay hydrated by drinking more water. Getting enough water is one of the best things you can do for your health. If you’re well-hydrated, your skin will look better and be less dry, your body can flush out toxins more effectively and you’ll be better able to concentrate. If you find plain water boring and difficult to drink, try infusing your water with fruits and vegetables to make it more interesting and make it easier to drink enough.
- Swap smoking cigarettes for a vape. Giving up smoking entirely can be very difficult, but lots of people have success by swapping to a vape to help them quit. A vape like Smok will still give you your nicotine hit, with less of the other nasties associated with cigarettes.
- Stretch and cool down after exercising. If you’re trying to be healthy, you already know you should be getting some regular exercise. If you’re getting to the gym, have taken up running or are doing HIIT workouts at home, you’re already doing well. However, to recover properly, you need to cool down after every workout. Dynamic and static stretches help you to reduce the risk of injury and improve your range of movement after exercise.
- Get more sleep. Sleep is essential for your body to rest, recharge and heal. With proper sleep, you’ll be in a better mood, be more productive at work and have more energy to play with the kids. Keep a regular bedtime and ban screentime from the bedroom to help you fall asleep easier and get more restful sleep.
- Always take your lunch break. If you work at a desk and have a demanding job, it can be tempting to work straight through your lunch and just eat at your desk. This makes your eyes tired, is bad for your posture and can increase your stress levels. Even fifteen minutes away is a chance to eat, unwind, get some movement in and rest your eyes.
- Swap to healthy snacks. Clear out the crisps and sweets from the cupboard and instead keep healthy snacks in the house to make eating something good for you a bit easier. Fill up the fruit bowl, make your own popcorn, and stay away from the biscuit tin. Try to encourage the kids to eat healthier snacks as well to help them get in the habit of snacking on fruit instead of sweets and other sugar-laden treats.
Help the whole family to look and feel healthier with some easy lifestyle changes that you will all benefit from.