New year resolutions get a bad rap. Usually because people set out to do lofty things, and then don’t accomplish them. I’m a fan of resolutions, especially healthy family resolutions. I’m a fan of anything that will get you moving in the direction of your best life….even if you quit in February and have to start again. 🙂
I’m a bigger fan of intentional goal setting, but that’s a different post. I want to challenge you set your personal resolutions for the year ahead and also set family resolutions for the year. This will get everyone in your household involved and you’ll automatically have built-in accountability partners on your journey to better health.
A few family resolutions to consider are:
Walking together after dinner
Resolve to make an active daily family tradition like taking a walk after dinner. Getting active as a family will help encourage them to make healthier food choices, and prioritize health and wellness at large. Bonus, it’s additional family time where you can all talk and connect without devices hindering communication (or eye contact).
Pre-scheduling kids’ visits to doctor/dentist
Resolve to get kids medical appointments on the family’s calendar early on. You can pre-plan for preschool year appointments, sports season physical appointments, annual flu shots, etc. Having it pre-scheduled gives you one less thing to think about in your busy family life. If you don’t yet have health and dental insurance for your little ones and you live in Florida, you can get high quality, low-cost insurance through Florida KidCare.
Doing yoga or meditation together
My children love yoga and want to do it even when I’m not in the mood. Resolve to zen out together as a family with yoga or mindfulness meditations. Children as young as 2 can get started with these practices and it will help them destress, relax and stretch out. You’ll benefit in the same ways, and have an additional family activity to do together. Try an app like Calm, Headspace or Insight Timer to help with meditating.
Using fitness trackers for family competitions
Resolve to be more active as a family. Fitbits and similar fitness trackers are super popular. There are many brands now and tons for children as well. Use them as a family and create daily or weekly step – or calorie competitions to encourage more activity among every family member. Top scorer from each week gets to pick the family movie on movie night!