How to Keep Your Fitness Routine & Healthy Lifestyle When the Kids Are Home this Summer

As a kid, there is nothing better than summer vacation. All June they are vibrating in their school chairs, just waiting until that final bell. When it begins to ring… Well, they usually don’t stop running around until school lets back in. Now that your kids will be home all day, your regular fitness routine and healthy lifestyle will be thrown into disarray. It is difficult to spend an hour after lunch exercising in the living room while the kids are in there watching TV. So you will have to make some adjustments until September comes and your usual schedule is restored. How can you keep up your fitness and maintain your healthy lifestyle when the kids are home? Try some of my favorite tips:

  1. Work Out Before the Kids Get Up
    If you have been a parent for a while, you know that the only time you really get to yourself is the morning before the kids wake up and the evening after they get to bed. The nice thing about the summer is that the sun comes up much earlier, giving you more light in the morning! Getting out of bed even fifteen minutes earlier than usual will give you some extra time to exercise, workout, and prepare yourself for the day. The best part, you can get your entire fitness routine done before the kids even wake up!
  2. Exercise as a Family
    There’s no shortage of exercise opportunities in the summer, and there are a ton that you can do with the entire family! If you are a family who enjoys biking, go out together for a ride. If you prefer two feet to two wheels, a family hike out for the afternoon can make for a solid day of exercise and fun. Swimming is always a fantastic exercise and kids almost always respond positively to the question “Who wants to go to the pool?”
  3. Have Healthy Family Meals Together (No phones allowed!)
    This might actually be a good tip for year round. In times past, eating together around the dinner table gave the entire family opportunities to talk and enjoy themselves together. Having teenagers constantly on their phones during dinner tends to disrupt that. Make a rule that, for at least one meal a day, the phones get put in the other room and the whole family enjoys a nice meal. Having family meals at home also has the side benefit of you being able to control the menu. Healthy and delicious meals will give your kids energy and keep your healthy lifestyle well in balance.
  4. Enjoy Outdoor Activities with the Family
    Why would the family want to stay inside with all of the warm weather out there! As a family, you can make some plans for small outdoor activities that don’t necessarily count as exercise, but can keep you active and bring you closer together as a family. A morning or evening walk with the kids will give you lots of time to talk about what is going on in their lives. If you have a dog, taking him to the park with the kids can make for a fun afternoon outing. If you are looking for a more extensive outdoor activity, how about camping? Lots of fresh air, nature, and enjoying yourselves around the campfire! Don’t forget the organic marshmallows. Oh, speaking about sugary treats…
  5. Make DIY Summer Treats
    Summer and sugary treats. Two things that go great together, at least for kids. Once the weather starts to get warm, there will be sugary ice pops, sodas, ice cream… All of the delicious things that can be unhealthy for you! But there is a way to mitigate the damage and actually improve your nutrition level as well. Make the treats yourself instead of buying them at the store. Blend some healthy fruit and vegetable juice, throw in the freezer and you have healthy ice pops! Instead of sugary sodas, take advantage of the delicious summer fruit and juice a watermelon. And ice cream… Well, sometimes, you just need to treat yourself. It’s is summer after all!

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How to Train Yourself to Drink More Water

by kellylavieri on April 29, 2016

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When you are working to improve your health, it is critically important that you really pay attention to what your body is telling you. For example, do you feel thirsty? That is your body telling you that you are dehydrated. When we are dehydrated, our bodies do not function properly. For example, have you ever developed a headache in the middle of the day for no apparent reason, or feel absolutely exhausted, and then you realize that you haven’t had a glass of water in a few hours? The best way to avoid this is to train yourself to drink more water during the day and not allow yourself to get dehydrated. Now, I’m not talking about forcing yourself to drink liters and liters of water a day until you are completely bursting! But with a few simple tricks, you can train yourself to drink more water throughout the day without even really realizing it!

  1. Start the day
    This is an excellent habit to get into first thing in the morning. Have a water glass sitting in your bathroom and incorporate it into your morning routine. Get up, wash face, brush teeth… Wash your mouth out with a shot of water and then drink the rest. Easy! Another great idea is to have a cup of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning!
  2. Have water at hand
    A water bottle is one of the best investments that you can make in your health. Thirst can be an unconscious habit; you will crave hydration without even thinking about it. Keep a full bottle on your desk and I guarantee that you will be shocked at just how fast it empties!
  3. Flavor it
    Some people find water a little bland. Nothing wrong with that. So liven it up a bit! Toss a lemon slice or two into your water bottle. Maybe some cucumber slices. You can add anything that will give it a bit of flavor without decreasing its health benefits. Adding four tablespoons of sugar for flavor, for example, might not be a terrific idea, but a small handful of fruit will give it a flavor boost.
  4. That being said about sugar…
    Freshly squeezed or pressed fruit juice is full of vitamins and it will hydrate you almost as well as a cup of water. If you are concerned about the fructose or calories in juice and want to cut back, try half juice/half carbonated water to create a delicious, fizzy, and healthy cola replacement!
  5. Scheduled reminders
    If all else fails, you can use your smart phone. People set alarms for taking medication, why can’t you do the same for drinking water? There are a ton of free apps out there that will helpfully remind you that you need to hydrate. Or if you prefer to save some money, just use your phone’s internal alarm app to set up daily reminders throughout the day.
  6. Good night!
    This has a nice symmetry with the first tip: work a glass of water into your nighttime routine. Wash face, brush teeth… Wash mouth out and drink the rest. You could also try having a fresh glass of water on your bedside table. You might be surprised to find it completely empty when you wake up, despite you not remembering drinking it. Turns out that dreaming can work up quite a thirst!

Honestly, it is difficult to think of anything more fundamental to your health than water. If you can do just one thing, drink more of it. The best part is that, if you are properly hydrated, you are far more likely to do other healthful activities like exercise! Give these tips a try and see if you notice any changes in your life!

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