Keeping your family healthy is of course hugely important, and the kind of thing we would all like to say we are doing as well as possible.
However, it can often feel as though there is just too much involved in order to do it right.
Every week it seems there is new research on this, that and the other.
Below are a few tips to help but remember, always seek the help of a medical professional. This is not personalised medical advice.
We have regular checkups with our doctors and follow their advice.
By doing this, we know quickly if any changes to our lifestyle need to be made and can get the latest advice.
1. Encourage Good Habits
There are all sorts of good health habits that you probably want your family to adopt but are unsure how.
After all, having good health is a lot easier if you are simply following some good habits.
Whether it’s eating well or moving around more, these are the kinds of habits you want to encourage.
Getting my kids to help plan the meals, shop and cook has helped with eating well.
Seeing our GP for an annual check, getting their advice, seeing a nutritionist and other professionals as needed has all helped as well.
Finding sports they enjoy as well as doing activities as a family has ensure my kids are active, healthy and close to me.
In fact, it’s my toddlers who ask to do yoga every morning now as that is a habit I have established with them.
2. Take Everyone For Regular Check-Ups
You should of course keep on top of the medical care of your family too, and that is something you will want to make sure you are making room for.
If you can take your family members for regular check-ups, it’s much more likely that they will be healthy and well throughout their lives.
Look into which medical centre in your local area is likely to be best for your family’s needs, and then make sure that you get booked in for an annual check-up each.
That is a simple but powerful way to keep your family so much healthier.
For example, I have a few medical conditions that we keep an eye on and because of this, I know what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to other lifestyle factors.
Certain things that might normally be considered healthy causes issues for me so I had to adapt my lifestyle accordingly with the help of my doctor.
Without the regular checkups and a baseline to measure against, we would not have been able to pinpoint the ideal things for me.
3. Feed Them Well
If you are in charge of what your family eats, then you’ll want to make sure that you are feeding them well.
We can’t completely control it, especially as they become teenagers and have their own money, but we can instill good habits.
That means both that you are feeding them enough, and that you are giving them good, healthy food too.
We learned about nutrition as a family, made changes together and monitored the impact.
I didn’t have to force it because my kids felt the difference in their body with different food and choose themselves to eat healthy.
It’s amazing how much of a profound difference something as simple as good nutrition can make and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
4. Set A Bedtime
Similarly, people of all ages benefit from getting plenty of sleep, and this too is something that you should make sure you are keeping on top of.
If you can set a bedtime for your family members, this is one very good way to encourage them to sleep better and more regularly.
Of course, what time to go for will vary from age to age, but as long as you are setting one for your kids, it’s going to help them to sleep a lot more.
That then improves every aspect of their health.
Have a bedtime routine for each family member to encourage healthier sleep such as screens off, brushing teeth, bedtime yoga, reading etc.
My teens have their own routines they set for themselves with some experimentation and both of them notice the difference in their sleep now.
Do what works for you, get professional advice when it comes to your health and do what you can to improve it because once it’s gone, getting it back is expensive and sometimes impossible!