Support is one of the most important parts of your health journey. Friends, colleagues, and most importantly family are the ones who will encourage you to be the best version of yourself. As you continue to change unhealthy habits to healthy ones, having your family change their habits with you can help make the process a more comfortable one. Here are some ways you can get your family on board;
Small steps are better than big ones
One of the biggest setbacks in achieving your health goals is cutting out all your favourite foods at once. This leaves us craving bad foods and feeling out of control more often. Easing into the change is a more effective way to develop those healthy habits and more importantly, it will help keep your family on track.
Get outdoors on the weekend
We know how tempting it can be to stay indoors to watch the latest flick on a Saturday, but heading outdoors is a much healthier way to get that family time in. Planning a family game of cricket, or even heading to a local market is a great way to make exercise fun!
Use healthy treats as rewards
Banana dipped in dark chocolate? Yes, please! Healthy treats don’t have to taste horrible. Making healthier choices will make treat time, well, a treat! Substituting milk chocolate for dark chocolate, cookies for fruit, and full fat milk for skim or almond are easy ways to start!
Encourage better sleeping patterns
Sleep is one of our most important tools to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ensuring you get between 8 – 10 hours every night will help give you the energy boost you need to tackle the next day. Sleep enables us to manage tricky situations, temptations, and decisions better by helping us to think more clearly.
Set goals together
Teamwork makes the dream work. Setting goals for the family to achieve encourages healthy competition. Avoid unrealistic goals that require drastic weight-loss as our bodies can often be unpredictable. Try setting a treat-time goal such as having popcorn at the movies on a Friday night if you make healthy choices throughout the week.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to call a family meeting!