In America, 60 million kids between the ages of six and 18 play at least one sport.
Sports are beneficial to mental and physical health and offer a foundation for a healthy lifestyle they can carry into adulthood. At the same time, sports require an equal amount of dedication from the parents as it does the players.
Prioritizing the sports schedules of your kids can make it difficult to take time to maintain your own health. Here are some helpful tips on how to keep yourself healthy while keeping your kids active:
- Be positive. Kids don’t want to be a burden. Always speak excitedly about their next practice or game. Your kids will pick up on your energy and share your enthusiasm. Then they’ll be more likely to stick with the sport and you’re more likely to enjoy it too.
- Use the off-season and off-time. It’s rare to have practice and games seven days a week. Alternate your own workout routine with the kids’ schedules to make sure everyone is getting the proper amount of exercise.
- Don’t forget to take a time out. Sports seasons can be chaotic – and stressful. Your mental and physical health both need a break from time to time. Schedule a night out or a relaxing day at home to rest.
- Provide your family with a winning diet. Finding time to meal prep can be hard, but fast food options don’t provide the nutrients the body needs. You can opt for slow-cooker recipes or no cook meals to save time and keep you healthy.
- Call in a substitute. If schedules are getting overwhelming or impossible, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having relatives or babysitters help with their schedules will help you and still get the job done.
- Join your child. When your kids aren’t practicing or playing a game, you can help them improve their skills at home. They’ll get a workout and so will you which will help keep all of you in shape.
What are your best tips for keeping the whole family healthy?
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