DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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3. Educational tour of the zoo, aquarium and local parks

These kinds of visits will help your kids learn about different animals, parks, fish and more. They can write down all that they observe and learn in a journal or take photos or make drawings. Even visiting the local farmers’ market can benefit your kids. They can meet the farmers and learn where their food comes from. Ask the farmers if they open their farms to visitors so your kids can learn even more.


4. Plant a garden of herbs and vegetables

Besides being a cheap, long-term summer activity, gardening will teach your kids all about herbs and vegetables. They will be proud of their garden as it grows, though they will need the guidance of an adult, and relish tasting their produce.


5. Just be with your kids

Get together with your kids and be active with them. The National Summer Learning Association recommends playing a sport at the local park, going for a walk or creating a scavenger hunt. Play follow the leader or hide and seek with your kids. You can even plan a family picnic right in your back yard, which can be a nice change for everyone. After eating, have fun playing a board game together.

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.


Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.


1. Summer camps

Enroll your kids in local summer camps and programs. This is a great way to get them acquainted with the outdoors. Different organizations offer day and overnight camps, but be prepared to shell out some extra cash for private summer camps.


2. Baby pool or water sprinkler

If your kids are still too small to go to the local swimming pool, you can install an inflatable pool in your back yard that is just their size. Sprinklers add to the enjoyment of cooling off in the summertime heat. Let your kids bring out cups, bowls, scoops, pitchers and anything else they can use to catch and pour water.

KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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A tea party can be a good activity, too. The kids can participate in assembling the sandwiches and small snacks. Let them take out their tea sets and have fun serving you.


Some more way to make learning fun with your kids includes building things together or volunteering at an animal shelter or other such places. The sky is the limit to keeping your kids active this summer. The more time they spend outdoors, the better it is for their overall development.