Summer means road trips, beach days, and backyard barbeques. It’s the sound of a crackling campfire, the flicker of lightning bugs, and the feel of grass underneath bare feet.
Kids play in the sprinklers, ride bikes through the neighborhood, and play night games until it’s too dark to see anymore. Summer means fun, and it’s so easy to incorporate your health goals into your routine without getting overwhelmed or missing out on family time. Keep reading for some tips to incorporate your health goals into your summer routine.
Make it Family Friendly
The kids are out of school, so it’s natural to spend more time together as a family during the summertime. Make it a goal to eat healthier meals together, and encourage the kids to help with the cooking. Get out of your comfort zone and try some new meals together.
Replace Soda with Healthy Alternatives
The sugar in soda isn’t good for anyone in the family. So, encourage the whole family to ditch soda, but make sure to keep some healthy replacements close by. Fresh fruit juices are great in small doses, and water is always a little more satisfying after a long neighborhood walk with the whole crew. Even better, consider turning a no-soda goal into a family competition. Who can go the longest without sugary soda? Or, who can come up with the best refreshing soda replacement?
Learn a New Activity Together
Learning a new game together is a great way to get the whole family involved in your health goals. Take advantage of soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and wide open spaces to play together. Learn a new game together and watch your family gain some skills.
Take it Outside
Instead of spending time together as a family watching TV, take it outside! Throw down some blankets and eat more mindfully with a healthy picnic, or practice scoring goals with a little family soccer tournament. Get out the skateboards and bikes for a nightly tour around the neighborhood. There are so many ways you can add some fun to something as simple as a family bike ride, too. You don’t need a lot of structure to have fun in the great outdoors.
As the weather continues to heat up, what are you looking forward to doing outside?