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5 Quick Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

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5 Quick Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle

 

 

 

The key to a healthier lifestyle is eating a balanced diet combined with 30 minutes of physical activity each and every day. On paper this seems really easy right! But in reality this can at times be very difficult to achieve.

 

The problem is that we all live a busy life and the first thing that we forgo when we live a busy life is our health and physical exercise routines. Rushing to and from school and work can make it hard to find time to be physically active. When we are busy we also go for convenience and choose foods that are quick and easy to prepare. This means fast foods and quick snacks are our preferred choose as they take little time to prepare

 

These choices can be dangerous for our health and our children’s health – both now and in the long-term. That’s why it’s so important to stop, take stock and make a conscious decision to follow a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

 

What you need to work on to implement a Healthier Lifestyle

 

1.  Try and get active each day

 

Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of kids and teens.

They should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make their heart rate increase to the point that they struggle holding a conversation with you.

 

Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active.

 

2.  Choose water as a drink

 

Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in soft drinks, fruit juice drinks and other sweetened drinks.

 

Reduced fat milk for children over two years of age is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium.

Give kids and teen’s whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices which contain less fibre.

 

 

 3.  Eat more fruit and vegetables

 

Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps kids and teens grow and develop, boost their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.

 

Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. (This varies for boys and girls at different ages.)

 

Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal.

 

4.  Switch off the TV or computer and get active

 

Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese.

 

Kids and teens should spend no more than 2 hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment.

Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

 

5.  Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives

 

Healthy snacks help kids and teens meet their daily nutritional needs.

Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices.

 

Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight.

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