Setting Healthier New Year’s Resolutions for Your Family

The new year is here, and that usually means setting resolutions. Keep your entire family active with local activity centers, and encourage everyone to spend more time together. Let’s take a closer look at how to keep your family healthier in the new year.

Stay Active Together
Staying active and working out can seem like a chore to some, but it will become much easier with support. Encourage your children to learn about different sports, such as gymnastics, dance, softball, or track. The entire family can join in these sports in some fashion to show their support. For example, parents and siblings can watch practices, attend competitions, or help each other to get better at their chosen sport or exercise.

Eat Healthier Together
There are many ways that you can encourage your family to eat healthier without sacrificing your favorite treats. Instead of going out to eat fast food, have your children help prepare and cook meals at home. This will teach them the value of cooking and making healthier choices. You may also make desserts a special treat once a week or once a month. Instead of eating ice cream or sweets every night, make a special family outing to the local pastry or ice cream shop. This will limit the amount of sugar your family eats and encourage you all to spend time together.

Spend Time Together
Spending time with your loved ones is a great way to keep your stress low and your endorphins high. Make it a priority to spend your free time with your children, partner, and close family. You can go for nightly walks, cook meals together, and take special outings to family-friendly events. This time together will build a valuable bond between your family members, and everyone will be healthier for it.

Start your children off right by signing them up for a class at Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center. We have gymnastics, dance, and tumble for all skill levels. Please visit us online or call us at (520) 818-7974 for our class schedule.

Signs That Your Child Isn’t Getting Enough Exercise

It’s crucial for children to get exercise while they’re young. This gets them into the right habits early on, and it can have a significant impact on their health throughout their lives. Kids who don’t get enough exercise may experience mood and weight gain, which could have to do with spending too much time in front of the screen. Learn the signs your child isn’t exercising enough by reading ahead.

Lethargy, Depression, and Anxiety

Your mental health and your physical health affect each other more than you might think. Your physical health won’t be at its best if you don’t exercise, which can in turn bring down your mood. If your child seems to be feeling down most of the time or experiences anxiety, then a lack of exercise could be the problem. Encourage your child to join a sports team, play a pickup game of basketball, or simply go outside and run around.

Weight Gain

Metabolism plays a big role in your body type, but so does your diet. If you don’t get enough exercise to combat the calories you take in, then the excess will start to build up on your body. Pay attention to your child’s weight and compare it to other kids of his or her height and age range, and try to get your child to exercise more.

Screen Time

If your child spends most of the time watching television, surfing the Internet, or playing video games, then he or she might not be exercising enough. Crack down on screen time so your children are encouraged to be more active.

Missing out on exercise is bad for your child’s health, so call Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center at (520) 818-7974 or view our website to find out how we can help. We offer dance and gymnastics classes as well as skill clinics and birthday parties, and they’re all focused on getting kids to move around.

Healthy Snacks to Fuel Your Kids

Raising a healthy child means providing plenty of opportunities for play and physical activity. However, active kids need the right foods to fuel them through gymnastics practice or dance class, so you should be sure to pack the right snacks for your kids to bring along for their afterschool activities. This article will offer a few simple and tasty ideas for your kids’ snacks.

Fruit Slices and Nut Butter

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a smart choice for kids to eat, but they may not be the most filling. Offering a serving of peanut or almond butter along with some sliced apples or bananas will add some healthy fats and protein to snack time for longer-lasting fuel.

Yogurt and Granola

As you shop for granola, look for options rich in full grain and low in sugar, or—better yet—make it yourself. Oats, nuts, and berries are a crunchy and sweet treat to sprinkle over yogurt, which has protein, calcium, fat, and vitamin D to sustain your child’s energy. If your child is unable to eat dairy, try swapping regular yogurt for coconut or soy varieties.

Cheese and Veggie Sticks

Kids love snacks they can eat with their hands, so take the time to slice veggies into easy-to-eat, dippable sticks. Salad dressing or hummus can be the perfect dip to get your child excited about eating vegetables. Serve them alongside cheese sticks so that your child has a fun, filling, and satisfying snack.

 

If you are looking for ways to keep your child active and social, check out the classes offered at Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center. You can visit us online or call (520) 818-7974 to inquire about gymnastics, dance, and tumble classes for kids from toddlers to teens. We also offer drop-in classes that can help you take a night off while your kids have fun.