Setting the precedent for healthy lifestyle habits in your household can set your family up for good health and success. Making exercise, good sleeping habits, and healthy communication a priority in your home can have dramatic effects on the physical and mental wellbeing of your family. Here are some tips for creating a healthy environment in your household.

 

Exercise

Making movement a priority and an essential part of your family’s routine is important for maintaining good health and a healthy weight. Obesity affects 14.4 million children and adolescents in the United States, so it’s important to create healthy habits early to reduce the risks of poor health in adulthood. Many families have busy lifestyles, and it can feel difficult to incorporate exercise into your routine. However, setting aside just 30 minutes of physical activity per day can have a dramatic impact on your family’s physical and mental health. Try incorporating a family walk or bike ride after dinner into your week. This is also creating a great opportunity to have healthy conversations with your children and enjoy quality time together.

 

Get good sleep

Sleep is fundamental to living a healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that children who get adequate sleep have improved behavior, attention, memory, and overall physical and mental health. (Johns Hopkins Medicine) Scientists have also found a link between poor sleep quality and obesity. Adults who do not get good quality sleep are more likely to have unhealthy eating habits and intake more calories to produce the energy your body is looking for from sleep.

Communicate

Having comfortable and open communication is important for your family’s mental health and wellbeing. Creating an environment where your family feels comfortable talking about anything important to them sets a foundation for confident communication skills and healthy relationships. Set healthy communication standards in your house by expressing gratitude, using manners, and being respectful even in heated situations. Your family’s mental wellbeing and relationships will benefit from a good example of healthy communication.