If your family wants to make New Year resolutions, it is best to focus on the little things that can add up to make a big difference.
Q: In the New Year, I want my family to be healthier. How can we make New Year resolutions that actually stick?
A: If your family wants to make New Year resolutions, it is best to focus on the little things that can add up to make a big difference. Here are some ideas for healthy New Year resolutions that you can achieve as a family:
Move one hour a day.Achieving a healthier lifestyle is a marathon, not a sprint. Starting slowly and making small increases to your routine every week or month will help you be more successful in the long term. Let kids choose their method of physical activity. It shouldn't be a chore dictated by parents, such as taking out the garbage, doing homework or telling kids to turn off the TV and go exercise.
Eat breakfast.It's easy to oversleep and skip breakfast while running out the door in the morning, but try to make it a goal to eatsomethingeach morning, even if you take it with you. Grab-and-go options include granola bars, fruit, hard-boiled eggs and yogurt.
Try one new activity.Has your daughter always wanted to try a dance class? Is your son constantly climbing on all the furniture? Try a Zumba class together or find an indoor rock-climbing wall at a nearby recreation center. By choosing something new as a family, you are more likely to stick to it, while bonding over a new experience.
-Jessica Buschmann, M.S., R.D., L.D., is a registered dietitian and Travis Gallagher, A.T., is a certified athletic trainer, both with Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine.