It’s way past the new year and half a year, but most of us haven’t even started on our “healthier year” resolution. Not to worry though, you and your family can still focus on your well-being during the fall, since we’re not mentally spent from the holidays. Doing so also prepares us for the upcoming crazy season.
Here are some simple and proven ways to preserve and improve your family’s health and well-being, regardless of the season. You can start today, next week, or heck, even next month – and still reap the benefits by New Year’s.
Start eating a heartier breakfast. As you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and rightly so. The evidence linking a hearty breakfast and a healthier lifestyle is solid. It helps your weight management as well. A study advises that half-carb, half-protein breakfasts are very effective as a weight loss measure – think a slice of whole wheat toast and scrambled eggs.
Follow an exercise schedule. Scientists at the National Cancer Institute as well as other institutions found that those who exercised moderately at least 2.5 hours weekly lived three and a half years longer than those who never engaged in physical workout. Weight doesn’t factor here since sedentary and slim people died three years younger than obese folks who do physical activity. Think how this knowledge can benefit your family!
Get a flu shot. You know it can stave off influenza, so why not just take it? Flu shots can also cut any family member’s risk of heart attack risk nearly half, based on a 2013 study. This is because the flu virus may “prompt an inflammatory action in arteries that are already diseased,” leading to unwanted blockages that cause heart attacks.
Keep preventative care up to date. As with the suggestion above, working with your doctor to learn what immunizations and screening tests are important. Follow your doctor’s advice and complete them on schedule.
Play it safe. Oftentimes, it’s the small things that count. Always practice safe biking, sunning, safe driving and when age-appropriate, teach your children safe sex. Always wear sunblock to protect your skin from the sun and use a helmet. “Safety-proof” your home to prevent poisoning, accidental falls, and other accidents involving fire and firearms.
Live in an active but peaceful location. Where you live plays a vital role in your family’s health and well-being. Why? If you live in an area with high-population density and high air-pollution levels, the risk of sickness will be high. If you’re concerned with your current abode, then consider relocating. Houses for sale in Melbourne are aplenty and you get to choose a low-density community with ample of nature space while being near essential amenities.
Lastly, create a balance. Make the most out of your life each day! Go out on a family-date! Help everyone find balance in life between priorities like work, fun and home. Be each other’s guiding light, supporter and ultimate fan.
What other health-boosting activity or advice can you share with other families? Share it with us below!