5 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy and Active with Your Kids (that won’t kill your budget...)
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Staying Healthy and Active with your kid(s) is definitely a personal choice. With all of our adult responsibilities, sometimes we can forget that the best stress reliever is time spent with our tiny loved ones. Our children really are a gift and it is important to use our time spent with them to effectively and efficiently have as much FUN as possible! Below I have listed 5 ways to do this without killing your budget! Enjoy!
1. Find the activity they are the most excited about and learn/play with them. My son is a basketball player, and up until a couple years ago I couldn’t tell you anything about basketball. However, seeing how passionate he is motivated me to watch the sport more just so I can understand what is happening at his games. In the end, I still have no clue but I did roll up my sleeves and get on the court with him (I know.....it wasn't that hard and it's not like his hobby was going to be chillin' on the couch with a nice strong latte …my dream date) Anyway it’s a small price to pay for a really FUN time. Plus, I tried to get him to come do yoga with me and he complains the ENTIRE time. Basketball is his life so I made it part of mine too. I’m far from an athlete (I have a really goofy run but I get places..) so getting instruction from a 9-year old turned out to be very helpful because he explains it to me like I’m 9 too and I truly appreciate that.
2. Prepare meals and juices together. I don’t force my son to eat a specific diet. I want him to understand balance and that you don’t necessarily have to be vegan or vegetarian or paleo or whatever they come up with next to be healthy. He is not the biggest fan of vegetables like most kids his age, however if he has a hand in cooking them he is more excited to give them a go. The easiest way I have found to maintain a high veggie intake for him is to JUICE together. Juicing is fun, easy and the nutrients absorb into our bodies so quickly!
3. Pray/Meditate Together. While both are beneficial for mental clarity, pick one that is easiest to practice with your children. RJ is absolutely not going to sit still for 10-15 minutes to meditate, he can barely sit for a haircut. I'm pretty lucky to get 2 minutes out of him, so he and I do affirmations instead. Mental clarity and productive thought processing are key tools when it comes to staying healthy. Teaching your child the value of taking the time for self-care at an early age is much more fun than trying to learn it as an adult once you have bills and responsibilities. Make this a fun time, instead of a serious time. Make a list of the positive things going on your life (big and small) and take a moment to appreciate them with your child.
4. Have a dance party! Probably my favorite hobby. I just throw on our favorite music (usually Michael Jackson) and he will dance with me. I hope the day he is too old to dance with me never comes.
5. Take a Nature Walk/Hike. Go outside! Where I live there are 2 hiking trails, and a bike path. Hiking is a great workout and a lot of fun when the weather is nice. It is also very free for those of you reading this for the budget saving part ;-). The goal is to travel and hike many places around the world. In the meantime, our nature walk of choice is Fryman Canyon.
Hope you enjoyed these tips! Check out RJ’s Special “Ninja Juice” named in honor of his favorite teenage turtles below!
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