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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

If you get start your kids off with a good routine, you’ll find that a lot of health problems can be easily avoided. By installing good habits in them early on, you’ll have prevented a lot of issues that could arise at a later time and may take a lot of work to resolve.

So here are a few things that you can do to make sure your kids stay healthy, and a few things you can even do for yourself!

Keep It Fun

Kids aren’t concerned about keeping healthy, they’re concerned about having fun, so make sure to introduce healthy tips in an entertaining manner. Rather than jumping in at the deep end and asking your children to wash out their mouths with a nasty minty substance, instead try to find some pleasant flavoured kids toothpaste. To minimise swallowing and promote good brushing, you can even brush your teeth together for the first few months.

Good Nutrition

It’s important to make sure that you always give your children good foods. A balanced diet can do wonders to prevent issues that might develop at a later stage, such as anaemia caused by a lack of iron and brittle bones from a calcium deficit.

If you don’t always have time to cook, don’t rely on ready meals but instead bulk make your food at the weekend and then freeze it. This is a simple way to always have healthy nutritious food to hand. If your children aren’t keen on fruit and vegetables then find ways to sneak them into your foods. A quick search online will help you to find many great recipes that have gone down well with fussy kids!

Many kids like chocolate and sweets, but it’s important not to make them a stable part of your kid’s diet. Rather than placing a treat in their lunchbox everyday, instead make them an occasional reward for being good or for doing their homework.

Practice Sports

It is a bit scary to think that your kids might injure themselves and it’s an understandable concern, but sports are one of the best ways to keep your kid happy and strong, while preventing them from becoming overweight.

If your kid is still fairly young and you are worried about leaving them in someone else’s care while doing sports, why don’t you try doing sports with them? It will help keep you fit too!

Any amount of exercise is a step in the right direction, so whether it’s a brief walk to the park and back, an hour playing Frisbee or a 5 mile bike ride, you should consider every effort a success.

Cycling is a great sport that will grow with your child and kids bikes are practical, cheap and easy to maintain. Alternatively, why not consider buying go karts? Go karts are a great choice for kids that haven’t got a highly developed sense of balance, and they’ll have plenty of fun racing them up and down!

Teach Good Habits

Germs are easily spread both at home and at school, so teach your kid some good habits early on. Always make sure that they wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating, and teach them not to share their drinks with other children.

As they grow older there’s only so much you can do. But by ensuring that you have a good relationship with them, you can encourage them to avoid bad habits such as smoking. But always make sure to explain the reasons why they shouldn’t do something, rather than just telling them that it’s bad. If they get the right information from you in a friendly manner, it will be less likely that they will do the wrong thing.

Parenting is always a challenge, but by making sure that your kids are healthy you’re giving them the best possible start in life.

So those are my tips on how to keep your kids healthy, but what have you found works for you?

Gavin Harvey is a personal trainer with a passion for travel. When he's not busy touring the world, he can be found in the gym or at home with his partner and two cats. You can keep up with his latest adventures by following him on twitter.

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