There is an old saying Health is Wealth. We all know that but very few succeed in putting it into action. Staying healthy is not a onetime task rather it is the way we live that defines the health of an individual as well as a family. So what is important to stay healthy and keep your family also in good shape? Let’s try to explore some basic things that can help to stay as a healthy family.
Ways to keep your Family Healthy
A healthy family means everybody in the family is fit both physically and mentally. But in the current modern lifestyle flooded with technology and gadgets, if we question ourselves, how many can say that they are perfectly alright in all aspects of their health both physical and mental. Well, it’s a tough question right. Yes, it’s an unavoidable truth that it takes much commitment to have healthy habits and to maintain it over a period. One needs to be focused, committed and self-motivated to stay tuned.
In the case of individual health, it can be simpler to stay in the race of being healthy. You stay focused on targets and plan your daily activities and other things that need to be in place to stay healthy.
But when we talk about entire family’s health, it can be a bit tricky and often can go off the track in terms of healthy habits and staying physically fit. It can be more challenging if you have small kids in your family. After all, a family is also a small group of people with different mindsets and emotions and body nature which are the factors to consider. No single person is the same and not each type of health routine suits everyone. So as a family you need to plan the activities and diet plans also accordingly. Parents have to take the necessary steps to keep their children also healthy. Children learn quickly by seeing what you do rather than what you say. You follow healthy habits; they also follow. Be patient if things don’t work as you wish. Let’s see some habits that help to stay as a healthy family.
I just recall a nursery poem that says “Early to bed, Early to rise, Makes a man Healthy Wealthy and Wise”. We all listen to this and kids too, but how manyrealize the core meaning and take it seriously and put it into action. Few people make it a habit to get up early and do their physical activity as a daily routine. Due to technological advancement and work-life imbalance, we get lost and miss the track quite often. That’s an inarguable fact, but what is important is to keep ourselves back in track, stay motivated, and keep motivating other persons in the family to stay healthy.
Eating healthy helps to keep us healthy and active throughout the day. It is also important how you eat and how much you eat and when you eat. An irregular and imbalanced diet habit not only makes us unhealthy but also brings several unwanted health issues into our life like lifestyle illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. It is always a good idea to start a healthy habit bit earlier in your life before you get into such a risky zone. But most of us do it the other way, only when your doctor warns you to start some physical activity to address the upcoming health issue or if already in the risk zone. You can find plenty of resources online about a healthy diet and healthy cooking which could help to eat healthy without missing the taste.
Do regular physical activity as a daily routine. Not everybody likes to do some type of activity or tend to stick to one activity. Find out which activity matches you the most or you enjoy the most and make it a routine. If you feel bored or monotonous in your daily exercise plan do something else often for a change. You can choose any activity ranging from walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, weight training, and aerobics, etc. Earlier we had options like health clubs, yoga centers, gyms, sports centers etc.
But since the incidence of the Covid-19 pandemic, visiting most of the public gathering sports activity centers got impossible in many regions globally. We stayed indoors for several months already. Optimistic people use this opportunity to stay healthy by performing physical activities that can be done indoors also like simple warm-ups, bodyweight training, stationary cycling, etc. If you have kids, you can spend time playing with them that allows all of your family to do physical activity. All you need to do is take out some time out of your busy schedule. A sedentary lifestyle is bad for not only you but also for the other persons in your family including your children.
Communicate with Family
Proper timely communication can resolve most of the interpersonal problems and this applies not only to your work life but also to your personal life. Staying communicated with your spouse and kids are important to be a healthy family altogether. Being healthy means staying healthy mentally too. In most families, these days both wife and husband may be working and find it hard to spend valuable time together which is quite important to be a healthy family. Even in the case of the husband being a working individual and the wife being a homemaker, it is important to be connected emotionally to stay healthy. That creates a healthy environment at home for growing children too.
Be Prepared For Unforeseen Medical Emergencies
Most of the health issues can be kept at bay by being active and having healthy habits of eating and living. But there can be few unforeseen medical emergencies that can happen in anybody’s life. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan that serves your family in such medical emergencies. Having health insurance for your family can serve you financially if any unforeseen health emergencies happen. With the incidence of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is an increase in awareness about the necessity of health insurance coverage for family or an individual.