It’s that time of year when most individuals return to busier schedules and responsibility. For many people, a new school year is the perfect opportunity to get back to healthy habits or establish new ones. Here is a list of ideas to help you focus on your health during the new school year.
Visit a Park - Now that school has started, there are fewer people at local parks and swimming pools. Take advantage of the decreased crowds by planning a morning swim, walk, or bike ride during school hours.
Take your lunches –Brown bagging is one way to save money and eat healthier. Go shopping for healthy lunch items and snacks on Sunday. Prepackage as many items as possible into individual storage bags for the entire week.
Do more walking /biking – If your children walk or bike to school, plan to go with them even if it is only a short distance. Walking and biking are also great after dinner activities to do as a family. It not only gets your family moving together, but also gives you time to connect after a hectic day.
Focus on your sleep – The new school year means no more late nights and a good opportunity to get more rest. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. If you cannot fall asleep after 15-20 minutes, get up and do something productive until you feel sleepy, then try again.
See your doctor – School means check-ups and shots for children, so why not schedule a check-up for yourself? Get a clean bill of health for everyone before the school year begins.
Create a Health “Report Card” –Progress should be monitored whether you are in school or not. Set some health goals for yourself, and establish specific dates to check in and monitor your own progress. Reward yourself for meeting your goals, and adjust your plan if needed.
Beautify your surroundings– Plan a beautification day at your child's school or a local park if you don't have children. Pick a weekend day, and invite others to help. Not only will you get fresh air and exercise, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped others.
Savor seasonal fruits and vegetables – Many fruits and vegetables will be in season when fall arrives. Enjoy them while you can. Consider canning and freezing summer produce to continue enjoying these foods into the fall.