How to Develop Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Your Children

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People learn new things and adopt habits throughout their lives, but let’s face it, the most things we have learned so far was in our childhood. These years are called formative for a good reason since that is the time we learn the most basic skill needed for life, as well as develop habits that will very much determine our future. If you want your children to grow up into men and women that will lead to a healthy lifestyle, then you should start teaching them how to behave accordingly as early as possible. A healthy lifestyle is achieved through painstaking everyday practice that results in habits that will serve them for the rest of their lives. If you ever wondered what actually a healthy lifestyle implies, here are top 8 pieces of advice.

Develop curiosity

Curiosity killed the cat, but this does not mean that you should shield your children from all outside stimuli. They need to be given a chance to explore the world around them and develop their innate curiosity. This is a way they learn about the world themselves, which can work to their benefit when they get older. A lot of jobs today require creativity which is something nurtured from early childhood.

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Plant a tree or adopt a pet

Video games can be educational, but they lack real-world interaction. That is why planting a tree or a whole garden can be beneficial for your child. By planting, weeding, and watering them regularly they teach themselves responsibility which is essential in their development. Alternatively, they can adopt a pet, like a cute kitty or a dog that they will look after (and clean after). This way they will learn how to be responsible for another living being and grow into compassionate people.

Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate

Our body consists of 60% water, so it is important to stick to the recommended daily intake. This can vary from 2 to 4 liters, but the minimum amount has to be met. Always tell your children to drink a glass or two of water every day. People grow up disregarding this need and they drink only when they feel really thirsty, which is not healthy. Insufficient water intake can lead to dehydration and can cause kidney problems.

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Work/rest routine

Childhood is a blissful time of life. Children are free to play all day on the weekend, but during school days, they should do their homework and be focused in classes. This balance between their obligations and free time is essential if you want them to become balanced individuals. They need to clearly differentiate when it is time to play and when it is time to sit down and learn.

Take up a sport

So far we have mostly discussed mental development, but physical activity is just as important. According to their preferences, your children can take up a sport like rugby or football. Even if they are not too keen on sport, they should nevertheless be physically active. For instance, cycling is a nice activity that you can do with your children. Good quality kids bikes can be purchased online and you can go to the park and teach them how to ride them. Not only will they have fun speeding across the green, but you will spend quality time with your children.

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A healthy diet

Who wouldn’t like to eat burgers and chips every day at the local fast food restaurant! Adults are able to resist this temptation because they know how much such junk food can be detrimental to their health. There is no reason not to teach our children about this and direct them to food sources that are healthier. An apple after lunch instead of a chocolate bar can make a huge difference in the habits they develop in later life.

Reward good behavior

Introducing a healthy lifestyle can find resistance in your children. This does not come as a surprise but you can be ready for this scenario. Introduce a system of material reward and oral praise every time they do something commendable. If they win a medal in cycling, you can buy them lunch at their favorite restaurant. If they eat a whole plate of broccoli, they can stay an hour later to watch TV. These small gestures mean a lot to them and they create desirable behavior patterns that they will adhere to.

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Plenty of sleep

There isn’t a person in the world who does not feel relaxed and ready for the challenges of a new day after a good night’s sleep. On average, adults should sleep at least seven hours a day and children even longer. Teach your children about the importance of going to bed early.

Finally, always think of yourself as the ideal role-model for the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Children tend to copy their parents all the time, so engage into “healthy” behavior alongside them. Ride bikes together, eat greenery together and be positive together.

 

Written by

Audrey Taylor

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Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.

 

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