Washington Family Magazine : August 2014
18 August 2014 washingtonFAMILY.com 18 August 2014 washingtonFAMILY.com LIFE health Back-to-School the HEALTHY WAY IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME! This can work for or against your family ’s healthy habits. Schedules can get very hectic very quickly, especially with after-school activities taking away the time you had during the summer holidays to prepare meals, sit down together, exercise, etc., which means these may all go out the window. Or maybe a schedule provides you with a more structured timetable to enable some of these things back into your day. Whichever it is for you, here are some useful reminders to make sure you and your loved ones are enjoying your best health. SLEEP Sleep is more often than not one of the first things to go. It is imperative that you and your children still get your sleep, and into a regular pattern every night. Not getting enough sleep during the week, and then playing catch-up during the weekend, does not work well for your body. It will affect everything: you and your family ’s moods, energy, and ability to study and to pay attention. Sleep deprivation will also affect everyone’s food cravings, making you reach for sugar/bad carbs. This can have bad consequences for weight and health. Treat sleep as the foundation of your family ’s health...and sanity! Quickly get onto a schedule and stick to it. DAWN PETERS EXERCISE Back-to-school can often mean you have to change your own exercise routine, maybe to early mornings or later in the evening. Even if it’s less duration but more frequent during the week, try to get it in. It helps with so many things, both mentally and physically. Maybe pick up your favorite classes on the weekend. Parents can take turns looking after children, and many gyms have child care.