Different seasons call for different health hacks, right? But while staying healthy when you’re on your own is pretty easy, keeping the entire family in the pink is nothing short of a task for a Supermom. If you’re not sure your family’s health and fitness game is in the right corner, here are a few cool season-by-season health and wellness tips you can use to take your loved ones’ shape to the next level come rain, shine, sleet, or snow.
Immune system warm-ups for fall
With chilly winds and temperature dips straight ahead and approaching fast, the first few weeks of fall are a time when your family’s lifestyle will have to adapt if your significant other and kids are to stay healthy all through to winter.
- Love in a cup. Fall is the season when both children and grownups need more cooked food to stay healthy and fit. For bonus flavor points, add herbs and spices to your broths, stews, sautés, and other cooked delicacies, and make sure your kids get at least a cup of a hearty soup a day.
- Boost the immune system. Fall is a time when our immune systems are easy prey to bacteria, viruses, and weather changes. To keep your loved ones safe from harm, make sure they take elderberry syrup or gummies regularly to keep them strong!
- Prioritize bone broth. All soups aside, bone broth should be consumed daily, especially throughout the winter. Think of it as your delicious, warm tea, created for those with a goal of staying healthy. It’s full of nutrients and will help to keep you warm on cold days!
- Keep up your workouts. Even when the weather turns grim and cold, your loved ones should stay active if they’re to get through the wintry months in peak shape. For a healthy fitness twist, swap summer sports for hiking, jogging, basketball, or another dynamic workout: it’ll help your family make most of their autumn fitness routine.
Fit enough to face the winter chills
Wintertime is the season when few families manage to stay healthy even with best efforts. Still, the fact that you and your kids have to spend more time indoors due to snow and chills doesn’t mean your family’s medical record has to come under attack.
- A bellyful of cooked treats. With snow storms and biting winds raging outside, your kids will need more cooked food to stay fit and strong. If you can’t cook on a daily basis, you can prepare week-long meal ratios over the weekend which you’ll divide into single servings to put in the freezer and defrost when needed.
- A warm and sugar-free home. It’s not new that kids eat sweets by buckets every Christmas – but all that sugar isn’t doing them a favor. To keep your little ones safe from health hazards lurking inside presweetened nibbles, it would be wise to make healthy holiday snacks yourself and use honey, stevia, or another natural sweetener instead of refined sugar.
- Move your workouts indoors. When the weather takes a turn for the snowy, most moms ditch workouts from the agenda, and to their own detriment. Your kids need a healthy and strong mom, so you should take good care of yourself during winter: after all, it’s up to you to keep your entire family fit, yourself included.
- Keep tabs on social life. Christmas is a season to be jolly and yet many people are quick to fall prey to winter blues. To chase away the boogeyman of depression, anxiety, and mood dips, set aside a few hours a week for social activities such as going to the movies, whole-family shopping sprees, or weekend excursions to the countryside.
Spring, a time of family wellness
As your family’s immune systems begin to awaken after months of winter slumber, you’ll have to go over your habits and make slight adjustments so as to start the season in the best possible shape.
- Get your hydration in place. Water is the fuel that keeps our engines running, so make sure your loved ones get extra ratios of water and organic juices to speed up cleansing in the first few weeks of spring.
- Stock up on fiber. All that fatty and starchy food consumed during winter can slow down your metabolism, which is why you should add second helpings of fiber-rich foods to the family menu to get bellies rumbling in the wake of spring.
- Soak in the sun. If your family managed to stay healthy all through winter, the early few days of spring are a perfect time to go out for extra doses of sunshine your body needs for Vitamin D synthesis.
- Sweat winter fat out. As weather turns warm, your family will be able to spend more time in fresh air. Take your kids out for walks in nature, or go cycling or hiking together on weekends to set fat burn on the fast track.
Summertime, when staying healthy is easy
Summer is a time of beach fun, but it still calls for certain precautionary measures if you want to keep your loved ones safe from health hazards that go hand in hand with intense sun and heat.
- On with the sunscreen. On hot summer days, spending time in bright sun can cause extensive damage to your skin. That’s why you should regularly apply a homemade sunscreen during your time in the sun to keep premature aging and wrinkles at bay for a few years longer.
- More water, please! When temperatures outside hit the sizzling point, your family will need more fluids to keep them healthy and fit. To keep nausea and heartburn at bay, limit your kids’ intake of carbonated drinks and pre-sweetened juices.
- Mind your activity level. As engaging as beach sports and aquatic fun may be, spending hours in the sun sweating and straining your muscles isn’t a good idea. Monitor your family’s activity levels and be sure to get enough rest in the shade to prevent sunstroke.
- Eat light to feel right. For most adults and kids, appetite tends to take a nosedive in summer. Still, you shouldn’t let your family’s nutrition suffer through heat: arm the menu with light foods and watch your kids’ nutrient intake to stay on the safe and well-nourished side of the table.
Keeping your loved ones strong, fit, and staying healthy isn’t all that difficult if you have the right tricks up your sleeve – and if you’re still here, you now do. Put the tips above to use starting tomorrow and enjoy a lifetime of family happiness, fitness, and wellbeing. Good luck!