How healthy is your family? It’s easy to let good habits slip, especially at this time of year. However, good habits are easy to develop and making some small changes can leave all of your family feeling healthier and more energized.

Want to make some positive changes in your household? Here are six things your family can do to be healthier by the weekend.

1. Go to bed on time

Sleep is very important, and while you might be able to function for a few days on little to no sleep, long-term you could start facing serious health problems. Getting too little sleep during the week means you lie in on the weekend as you try to catch up – making your weekends less productive. Start making an effort to get to bed on time and wake up in the mornings feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

2. Reduce your screen time

Families can get too preoccupied with electronic devices, and that goes for both adults and children. Putting effort into reducing your screen time will help you to focus better, as well as allow you to spend some quality time with the family. You can start good habits by setting an example, while Family Orbit is a great app that helps you set screen time limits, track locations and more – you can download the app here. Spending time away from the screen will benefit everyone, helping you to discover other interesting activities.

3. Start walking more

Don’t underestimate the value of a good walk to your health. Walking is a good calorie burner, which allows you to get fitter without having to do a tough workout. You can enjoy walking as a family before/after dinner as well as go for some long Sunday strolls together to help you get some fresh air and easy exercise. Why not get the whole family fitness trackers and make it a weekly competition to see who can do the most steps?

4. Have breakfast

Are you guilty of skipping breakfast in the morning? That’s a habit that you definitely need to change. Even the busiest of people can make time for breakfasts, and you’ll find some excellent recipes for breakfasts to have on the go. By making more time for breakfast, you and your family can spend some extra time together in the mornings ready to face the day ahead. One suggestion is to take it in turns to make breakfast each day, meaning everyone gets more time in the mornings.

5. Cook together

Surviving on convenience food is not only a bad habit, but it could be making you unhealthy too. Lots of foods that are pre-prepared, including takeout, are full of added sugar and salt, which are unnecessary and can be avoided by cooking yourself. So that the responsibility of cooking doesn’t fall on one person, get the whole family involved in cooking. You can undertake different tasks, have everyone do the prep and learn new recipes in the process. Teaching your kids to cook more will help them to take better habits with them when they move out or go to college, so it’s a good thing to start when they’re young.

6. Talk to each other

When you’re all coming and going and juggling work, school and your social lives, it can be difficult for families to keep up with each other. Making the time to talk to each other helps you to stay on top of what’s going on in each other’s lives and helps to address any problems that anyone is facing. Whether you sit down in the mornings together for breakfast, have dinner as a family or enjoy a coffee and a chat for an hour when everyone is home from work and school, it’s good to talk to each other. Make your kids feel comfortable talking to you about their problems so that you can deal with any issues head-on.

It’s easier to develop healthier habits when you’re all helping each other. As a family, there are plenty of things you can do to take control of your health and make more positive lifestyle changes. From eating better to moving more, it doesn’t take much to make some changes, and you can start today if you want to. Help your family become happier and healthier by developing some great new habits – who knows what difference you could make by the weekend?

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