Healthy family

Bring Your Family Activity Level Up, Up, Up!

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There is no doubt about it.

One of the essentials to healthy living for you and your family is getting up and getting moving.  

This is true for parents and true for kids. 

But these don't need to be separate events. (Like maybe you go to the gym and your child heads to soccer practice or something like that...)  In fact, one thing I absolutely love is being active together as a family. Whether it is hiking a new trail together or playing catch in the backyard, everything is always better when we are doing it together. 

But....

...thanks to jam-packed schedules, after-school activities, work, work and more work, not to mention the amount of technology working against us, lots of moms find that staying active as a family is a challenge.  

 

I want to help you work right through that. 

 

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I know you know WHY we should increase our activity level as a family:

  • Active kids will more likely grow into active adults. 
  • Being active together adds to family time and bonding. 
  • Exercise helps us clear our minds, reduces stress, and improves our mood. (Good for us AND good for kids!)
  • The more we move the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Being active as a family is FUN!  

I could go on but you get the point, right?

 

You know WHY! The problem is HOW! 

 

It can be done! 

 

Let's move our families off of the couch and out from behind those tech screens.

Let's get them into the backyard, onto local hiking trail or to the beach for a game of volleyball.

Let's shift from what is our current "normal" into a more active life.

 

Try this!

 

1. Shift Your Thinking.

If you decide that you want to be a more active family, see it, breathe it and then live it.

Accept this as your truth and embrace it!

Before I had children, I envisioned myself as a mom. I saw myself feeding my family healthy food. I saw us meditating. I saw us practicing yoga. I saw myself on runs with my kids. I saw us hiking. I saw us camping.  

I could see it in my mind and I embraced that as my reality...BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED.

Even before I had my mini-humans in my life, I saw what I wanted our life to look like and it was almost like I could see the future becasue so much of what I pictured became reality.

Visualizing is an important first step. If you can't see it in your mind you don't know what you are working towards.

Once you envisioning it, it is so much easier to manifest.  

 

2. Clear The Way

If your current lifestyle doesn't include time for family activity, clear the way. The time is there, I promise.

Say no. Postpone. Reschedule. PRIORITIZE. 

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Say YES to an early morning bike first. Then "ok, fine" to the chores and errands later.

Make plans to visit the beach, a zoo, a museum or a park.  WRITE IT ON THE CALENDAR. (It makes it more real.)

Leave the dishes after dinner and head outside with a frisbee or a ball to toss. (The dishes don't mind waiting.)

Once you decide that you truly want to be more active and decide it will be so, you will find the time if you really, really, really promise to make it a priority. 

 

 

 

3. Get Uncomfortable. 

This step does NOT require that you get active, pull a muscle, then smile through the pain.

No.

All I mean by "get uncomfortable" is this: right now we all have some "comfortable" habits that we might be looking to change. 

Maybe the kids leave the dinner table and grab their tablets.

Maybe you spend Sunday morning catching up on shows. 

Maybe family time includes a game console and limited blinking.  

These things have become comfortable parts of our lives. 

You don't have to have a big plan. Just get up, get moving and see what adventures await! 

You don't have to have a big plan. Just get up, get moving and see what adventures await! 

To get "uncomfortable" means to do something a little unfamiliar, something that isn't yet our norm and to avoid leaning back into our comfortable, not-so-active habits. 

When you feel yourself cozying up to a comfortable old habit that you are trying to change, catch yourself. 

If you catch yourself about to say the usual, "Let's stay in and watch movies," SHAKE IT OFF and remember that you are a more active family now.  Go on family walk after dinner.

You will thank yourself later. 

 

Let's keep this conversation going!

 I want to invite you to join our online community of moms supporting moms called

The Real Moms Collaborative.

We are building healthier lives for ourselves and our families one step at a time! 

See you there! 


Michelle and crew! 

Michelle and crew! 

Hey, Momma! I am Michelle. I am a busy mom of 3, a certified holisitc health coach and owner of Real Moms, Real Health.  I studied at the Institute of Integratvie Nutrition and I am  Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to giving workshops and lectures, I work with busy moms to find a healthy weight, have more energy and inspire health in their household. I have simple strategies that any mom can use to make healthy living EASY. Learn more about my programs by checking out my website.  And don't forget to follow me on FACEBOOKTWITTER OR INSTAGRAM.

Summer Makes Healthy So Easy...but.....

Buuuuuut, I still have to pep talk myself through a few healthy habits just as a reminder. (Am I alone on this one?)

And not because I am not a pretty healthy person. I am.... honest!

You see, summer is MADE FOR HEALTHY. It is made for fresh air, sunshine and just-picked food from your yard. Summer wants Farmers Markets, fresh pressed juices and vitamin D.

On the flip side, summer is also made for sleeping in, sitting in the backyard with a good book, watching the kids play only to decide I don't want to cook.

Or maybe the scenario is me and the kids hitting a few trails and deciding on ice cream for dinner. (It has happened. More than once but that is all I will admit to...)

Then there are beach days when I really want to just order a pizza because I am soooooo in relaxation mode that standing in front of the stove seems completely ludicrous. 

Any of these things once in a while is no big deal. But knowing any of these situations can get out of hand is how I keep it all in check.

But it isn't just food stuff either. Summer should definitely lean toward FUN (in this girl's humble opinion) but I still try to keep what we call "brain work" in our day-to-day schedule, too. I like to have the kids keep up with journals, reading and other things. However, despite good intentions, sometimes I look at their journals and notice an ever-so-thin layer of dust on them (oops!) and realize, goodness, it has been a while, huh!

That is why I need a little pep talk to wrap my head around how once our school schedule and routines are done for the summer, I still want our life to have more than a twinkle of good health and balance. 

That is why this is the perfect time to start mentally preparing for how those healthy habits might need to be tweaked and re-enforced as school comes to an end.

Here are 5 things I do so that I don't completely destroy all our normal healthy habits away:

  1. Stock up on TONS OF FRUIT! Summer is all about fruit but we won't eat it unless there is plenty of it around!
  2. Prep lots and lots of salads. I keep up with my mason jar salads but also take a day to make side salads for the week: orzo salad, a big kale salad, cabbage salad and others. It cuts down on prep during the week so I am less likely to order out when I feel lazy.
  3. Water! We have to stay hydrated so I am back in the habit of creating our own flavored waters to keep things interesting for both myself and the kids.
  4. Keep up with journaling. We used to journal together in our house which I loved because it was a great way to model good writing habits for the kids however, my oldest is more private and introverted so these days she prefers to be off on her own. It doesn't matter as long as everyone is spending some time putting pen to paper.
  5. Keep up with reading. Weekly trips to the library help keep everyone motivated as well as designating a certain time that everyone reads, like before bed.

Getting mentally ahead NOW can mean that you keep up with your healthy habits all summer long! 

You can stay connected with me and other busy moms all summer long by joining our FREE online group, The Real Moms Collaborative! I am looking forward to connecting with you there!