We need to be healthy, but it can be so difficult to find the motivation to do so. Considering this, how are you expected to keep up healthy exercise and eating routines in the busy world in which we live? The answer is a simple one: teamwork.
Having health partners is perhaps one of the best ways to ensure that you stick to your healthy routine, as well as guaranteeing that everyone else is playing along too. Many people have gym buddies, but these are usually friends or work colleagues. However, this is too easily disrupted by life, work, and other unforeseen circumstances.
But, consider entering on an odyssey of good health alongside the whole family. From top to bottom, mum, dad, granny and grandpa, and the kids too can all work together to make sure that no one strays from the goal.
MUM AND DAD
You probably have an established workout routine already, which is excellent! But not everyone is the same. Recognising your limits and knowing what you can and can’t do will make the routine less of a chore.
That being said, you still want to see progress. While there may be times where you believe you can’t do it anymore, being responsible for one another’s motivation will not just build a greater bond between you, but also give you impetus not to quit. We all love friendly competition with our significant others, don’t we?
They will complain. Oh, how they will complain. But rest assured in knowing you are doing it for their own good. Inspiring healthy habits in children will set them up to crave exercise and healthy eating for the rest of their life, and while they will complain, they will thank you in the future.
For kids, the routines need to be challenging, so they don’t get bored, but not too intense that they are unable to complete them. If anything, it is helpful to turn it into a game, where hard work is rewarded, which will inspire them to try harder than they would before. It may even come to the point where they will be having so much fun they won’t even realise they are working out.
If you have grandparents that live close, they will no doubt be wanting to keep active in their old age. Exercise, as you get older, is essential to warding off degenerative illnesses such as dementia, as well as keeping the body fit and active to ease any potential muscle pains. Elderly exercise routines are naturally not as vigorous as those for the younger generation, but there are still plenty of workouts that can prove beneficial.
Even if they have been admitted at one of the leading independent nursing homes available nowadays, there is still the opportunity during weekly visits where you can set aside time in their room or the common room. You never know, other residents might want to get in on the action too.
It may take time to fine-tune and get everybody on board, but when you do there is no limit to what you can achieve. Working together as a family strengthens an existing bond, and as time goes on the positive results will only lead to further motivation. Family time has traditionally been board games and movie night, but that’s not to say there’s no room for keeping an eye on your health as well.