How To Raise A Healthy FamilyWith a background in professional cricket of 10 years, I am no stranger to working hard and remaining healthy. After several injuries that could have prevented me from simple daily acts such as walking, I refused to make excuses and instead pursued health and fitness tirelessly.
From a young age, my father taught me being lazy was a travesty and this set me up at a young age with the mentality to give health and fitness 100%. This is also the kind of mentality I want to pass down to my boys.
Although finding time in between work and family is always challenging, the driving force is for my kids to see what a healthy lifestyle looks like – from exercising, eating healthy meals and enjoying an active lifestyle.
It’s the small acts that culminate to a larger goal such as reducing the chances of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and I hope my kids will be able to set a good example for their children in the future.
These are five things that I make a conscious effort to keep a healthy family and you can do the same!
1. Take your kids on your workout
Think you don’t have time to exercise? Why not take your kids with you? They may not want to join you straight away, but after a while you may just end up sharing a passion which solidifies your bond. My son went to a boxing training session with me for a year before he decided he wanted to take it up himself. Now, we work out together. He gets to develop new skills and improve on the ones he already has. Every week I can see him improve and gain a little more confidence than the week before.
2. Have an active weekend
Do you feel like you’re always behind during the week and bogged down by work? Take advantage of the weekends. Set work boundaries for yourself and devote time to your kids once the clock hits 5pm on Friday. One of our favourite things to do as a family is head to the Sunshine Coast and spend the day hiking, swimming or doing water sports.