The days are getting longer, the thermometer is creeping up, and you can finally pack those flannel-lined pants away in the attic.
Spring is here, and spring fever is in the air. Positive thinking abounds, and it’s time to arrive with the season.
For many of us, when winter punches his time card and spring clocks in for her shift, it’s a rude awakening. The long winter months meant a few layers to cover up your belly as you survived on a diet of hot cocoa and comfort food.
If you’re like most parents, you find that it’s all you can do to get their kids out the door to the bus on a freezing winter morning, let alone pump a healthy breakfast into them.
Pulling your family out of their winter hibernation and back into a healthy habit of having fun in the sun is no easy task.
Lucky for you, I have some great tips for snapping you and your family out of the post-hibernation slump. In one particular exercise program called Truth About Six Pack Abs, people repeatedly discuss the importance of including physical activity in normal day to day tasks—just ask your family what they think after you try one of these excellent spring activities:
1. Clean up winter’s mess.
Whether you live in a snowy region or not, when winter ends, it leaves a good deal of wreckage in its wake. Your yard probably needs some TLC.
Wrangle your family together on a Saturday morning and turn lawn clean-up into an all day, family fun event. Don’t delegate tasks; instead, work together on every piece of the lawn.
Rake together (then jump in the pile); pull weeds as a team (but make it into a competition—whoever pulls the most gets to pick dinner!); get on your hands and knees and plant bulbs (and let your kids pick which flowers they want to plant).
2. Plant your dinner
Once your yard is cleaned up, plot out and fence off a few square feet for a vegetable garden.
Plant tomatoes, green beans, peppers and carrots, or have the kids research which produce grows best in your region.
Not only is a vegetable garden a great healthy lifestyle habit to teach your kids; it gives them an exercise in responsibility—weeds don’t pull themselves—and saves you some cash at the produce market.
3. Cook out!
Think summer is the only season for barbecuing Think again. Pull the troops together for a springy feast on the back porch. Hit up a farmer’s market for fresh produce and free-range meat, then put the kids to work slicing veggies for a salad or kebabs while you marinade some lean cutlets of chicken.
Preparing a meal together is a great way to get your kids excited about being healthy, and eating a meal you all worked at is an awesome way to bring your family closer.
4. Explore the forest.
The flora that starts to bloom in spring is the perfect educational opportunity. Strap on your hiking boots, throw a field and forest guide in your back pocket, and head to a nearby nature trail.
Hike a few miles, identifying the buds and plants you see along the path. Let your kids lead the way, and allow them to figure out what each plant is. Pack a picnic lunch and a few extra layers in case things cool off on your walk back. Enjoy some positive thinking through a poetry book or meditation guide. Just get out there!
5. Save a tree, ride your bikes.
At every opportunity possible—whether you’re running to the store for toothpaste or heading a few blocks away for dinner at a neighbor’s—ditch the car and take your bicycles. Cycling is an all-body workout, and I’m sure you won’t mind saving a few bucks in gas.
Teach your kids safe bike practices like wearing reflective clothes and using hand signals, then be a role model and enforcer.
Starting your kids on a path to wellness at an early age will guarantee a happier, healthier life. So, ready to shake spring fever? Take to the outdoors with one of these healthy, fun family activities.
And don’t forget the sunscreen!
Author Bio: Dr. Mike Tremba loves helping others through the research and life’s lessons he’s learned. He developed www.naturalweightlosstruth.com to provide insight regarding health, and well-being. Dr. Mike’s expertise helps people lose weight and live the extraordinary lives they’ve dreamed of. In his free time, he reads, and stays as active as possible with his wonderful wife Shari.