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6 Ways to Get the Whole Family on Board with Your Health Goals

By Pretzel Kids Staff

Are you working toward healthy goals? Do you want to entice your family to join you? 

Join the club! 

Getting families to work together on health goals can be a challenge, but the ultimate reward is a healthier, better functioning family. Here are 5 ways to get the whole family on board with your health goals.

1. Consider your priorities

When you decide to bring your family along your healthy living journey, you are choosing to make some big changes. For example, you may choose this time of year to set health goals, evaluate those goals and determine why you are setting them. For instance, perhaps you want to skip the weight loss goal and choose something more targeted like reducing heart disease risk.

2. Take baby steps

If you want your family to join you in reaching your health goals this year, you need to make sure that you are setting your family up for success. Instead of diving right into a full lifestyle overhaul, start by changing one thing at a time. Building new healthy habits and making healthier choices is a great way to improve your health.

3. Get more active

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If you are looking to get your family on board to help you reach your health goals, one of the easiest changes you can make is to encourage your family to be more active. Make plans for outings that will get everyone up and active. Great ways to do this include going on regular walks or bike rides together, participating in fun activities like playing laser tag, or heading to the zoo where you tend to walk for hours without even noticing. And of course, we can’t leave out yoga! Practicing yoga with your kids is a great way to stay active!

Exercising and yoga is particularly useful if you are hoping to reduce screen time because these activities tear your family away from the TV, computers, and other devices. So, look for activities that the majority of your family will like and switch things up often so no one gets bored.

4. Encourage healthy eating

Encouraging healthy eating is key when it comes to working towards a healthier lifestyle. Start by encouraging more fruits and vegetables as snacks or as part of your kids’ meals. If you have picky eaters, this can be a slow process. I recommend trying raw vegetables as many children will happily eat away at crunchy vegetables with some sort of dressing or dip.

You can also make a concerted effort to make your family’s meals healthier. A great way to do this is to plan and meal prep to avoid processed food and the drive-through line. Plan meals that have more fiber, lean meats, and healthy fats to help provide your family with a well-balanced diet without sacrificing flavor.

5. Health Goals: Drink more water

One thing that many families tend to do is drink too many soft drinks, juices, and other sugary drinks. Encouraging your family to drink more water is a great way to help improve overall health. Start small, like serving only water at meals. You can also try using water flavorings and progressively making them weaker over time to help your kids adjust to the taste of water.

6. Set a rewards system

A great way to help your whole family reach health goals is to set up a reward system. 

These rewards can be tailored to the family or for each individual that reaches a goal. Offer rewards that will encourage everyone to work towards their goals and keep them motivated. Some ideas for rewards: healthy snacks, a family outdoor activity, a trip to the beach, or a family yoga class! 

Set an Example for Your Family

Setting a positive example is one of the best ways to get your family to dive in with you. To do this effectively, look for healthy changes that are fun, exciting, and that you can genuinely look forward to and keep up with. For example, your family will be a lot more likely to get on board with your health goals if you are learning to make healthier versions of your favorite foods rather than cutting them out entirely.

Keep in mind that the health goals you set for your family should help create balance in your lives. Are you ready to get your family involved with setting healthy goals?

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