DR. FAMILY’S FAMILY FITNESS TIPS –PART 1

Dr. Family’s Fitness Program can be quality time for the whole family, leading to more enjoyable time spent with family members, rather than making fitness an individual quest. No matter how small or big the family or how young or old its members – everyone can benefit from a Family Fitness Program. But always remember to check with your family physician before starting any diet or exercise program. Over the next few weeks, I am going to give you the outlines for starting on your family’s own fitness program.

Family Fitness Eating Tips

Any Family Fitness Program starts with healthy eating habits. Below are some general suggestions on how to make sure your family is practicing healthy eating! Remember, just as every family is different, each family member is unique, with his or her own metabolism, physique, and likes and dislikes.

  • Have each family member keep a record of everything they eat for a week (mom or dad can do it for the younger kids). Write down everything. You’d be amazed at how those calories and fats add up. Look at each person’s age, activity level, and current fitness. Set some realistic goals.
  • Make changes in your family’s eating habits. Substitute healthy snacks for fat and calories-laden junk food: instead of ice cream try frozen fruit sherbet, instead of cookies try unsalted pretzels, use fruit and vegetables instead of candy.
  • Don’t even bring certain high-fat foods into the house. No one needs the fat or excess calories, and the entire family will be healthier.
  • Eat at least 4 – 5 meals a day, but serve smaller portions, and make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks in the fridge. Drink plenty of water, several glasses a day if possible.
  • Allow a “Dr. Family Wild Weekend Day”, when family members can eat anything they want on either Saturday or Sunday. This prevents diet changes from seeming like deprivation, and actually encourages success.

Next week, I’ll have some tips for starting a family exercise program!

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