This weeks Fit Tip Friday is all about helping kids be active as they start back to school! It is recommended that kids get 60 minutes or more physical activity daily. One of the best ways for kids to get physical activity is by incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.
Here are four ways you can help get physical activity into your child’s day.
Choose the right activities for your child. Try not to stick your kid in every activity that comes up. Try to find the activity that is right for YOUR child. If you don’t, he or she may become bored or frustrated. School age kids tend to like more traditional sports like baseball, soccer and basketball as well as martial arts, biking and playing outside. Older kids may enjoy activities such as yoga, dance or skateboarding. When kids enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it.
Keep it fun! Keep the activity fun! I know I don’t like to participate in activities I don’t enjoy so why then would I expect my kids to. Kids won’t do something they don’t enjoy.
Provide opportunities to be active. Do what you can to make it easy for your kid to be active. This could be walking with them to school, letting them ride their bike to school (as long as it is safe to do that) or by providing transportation and any necessary gear or equipment they may need.
Let them see you sweat. Kids learn by example so be active yourself and support your kids’ interests.
Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!
I wanted to share this infographic on shopping tips for healthy eating. What I like about this is that it has easy to follow tips to help you make healthy choices at the grocery store.
Remember, if fat loss is your goal, then weekend eating and exercise needs to be just as focused and deliberate as it is during the week!
Have a great weekend!
Fit Tip Friday – Eat when you are hungry not bored.
As you move into the weekend ask yourself this before you grab that last slice of pizza, “Are you hungry or just bored?” A lot of times we mistake hunger for some other emotional craving, like stress, boredom, or loneliness.
So the next time you start craving something go through this checklist before you eat, it can help you find out if you’re really hungry because your body needs fuel or if you just feel hungry for other reasons.
Here are some fit tips on healthy beverages to take you into the weekend and beyond!
Tip #1 – Make sure you drink plenty of water!
Here are some benefits of drinking water and staying hydrated…
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Tip #2 – Think before you drink!
I know it’s the weekend and you are ready to go hang out with friends and grab a couple of drinks, but keep this in mind – Alcohol is Calorie-Dense! There are seven calories per gram of alcohol and because it contains no nutrients you consume only empty calories every time you drink! So if fat-loss is what you are after or you are just trying to develop healthier habits take it easy with the drinking. On the weekend as well as during the week!
Did you know? – Wine is the Most Diet-Friendly Choice!
Here is a list of some other diet-friendly drink choices from Spark People
Do you practice these healthy drinking tips? How much water do you drink a day?