Stay Fit and Focused

by Brittany Lightsey, M.S., R.D., L.D.

January 2016

Stay Fit and Focused

January is here, and we all know what that means – it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. There is no better time than now to celebrate Family Fit Month by incorporating activity into your family’s everyday routine. Remember, the small stuff counts. Make a vow to be a role model for your family in 2016 by adopting these healthy strategies:

  • Take a walk after dinner or take the family dog on an afternoon walk. Your kiddos and the pup will love spending outdoor time with you.
  • Make new rules: no sitting during television commercials. Take that opportunity to move around the house. Turn it into a competition. See who can do the most sit-ups, push-ups or jumping jacks during the break.
  • Use those legs. Park farther away. Use stairs rather than the elevator.
  • Mix it up. Play active video games with your kids.
  • Be adventurous! Try a new activity as a family or encourage your kids to do it on their own. Think tennis, biking, or even a day trip to the park for a game of kickball or catch. 

Other Ideas to Start Your Year on the Right Foot


Encourage activity before homework. Think of it as a “brain break.” Studies show that this helps students concentrate. There’s a bonus for you, too – less nagging to get homework done.

Think of activity as a choice, not a chore. Model healthy choices for your kids

Turn the TV off at dinner and before bed. Store your cell phone away from your bed.

Keep the kitchen closed. Allow only designated times for eating. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 1 or 2 snacks.

Set goals as a family. Think about where you want to see yourself in early 2017. Do you want to weigh less? Be more active? Do you want your kids to learn a new sport or try a new veggie? Now set a concrete plan to achieve your goals. As a wise person once said, “a goal without a plan is just a wish.”


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