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Easy Ways to Encourage Physical Activity

Easy ways to encourage physical activity (in the digital age)

 

In the past few decades childhood obesity has tripled in the United States and it is now believed to impact the lives of more than 12 million adolescents and children. It has become a particularly sensitive subject, which has left many parents looking for practical ways to help their kids get a grip on their weight and steer clear of the many weight related health conditions.

So as a parent, what can you do to help your children stay fit and healthy?  As well as adopting healthy eating habits as a family, another fundamental goal is to encourage kids to maintain an active lifestyle. This certainly isn’t an easy task in the age of the internet, where computer games and smart phones are unavoidable, but with a little effort, it is certainly doable.  

 

Stop Driving Everywhere

The modern car revolutionized the way society operates and made getting to work, school, and seeing friends and family so much easier. Yet that does not mean we are obliged to use our cars for every journey.

Is it really necessary to drive to a friend’s house that lives just around the corner? Walking whenever possible is a sure way to encourage your kids to get active and appreciate the outside world. Even better, it will help you save on fuel and avoid additional wear and tear of your vehicle.

 

Make it a Family Event

Another great way to make exercise fun is to make it a family event where every generation of the family can feel involved. Instead of planning a day out at the cinema or going for a meal, consider activities such as a family bike ride.

This will allow kids of all ages to get involved and it can be made into a fun fuelled adventure that doesn’t feel like exercise one bit. Not only are bikes a great way to get active, but allow you as a family to explore local environments and make treasured memories.

 

Consider Garden Activities

Don’t just allow your kids to play on their computer games or watch TV all day. Ensure you are limiting their screen time to a healthy amount. The rest of the time they should be taking part in other activities, such as study, socializing and physical activity. Of course, sports aren’t for everyone, so if your child really isn’t a fan, then there are still many other opportunities.

For instance, my kids have various outdoor toys in the garden, including a trampoline, climbing toys and swing sets. These are affordable and a fun way to get kids outdoors and active.

 

Keep Play Fun

If you are playing a sport outside, don’t get too wrapped up in the details and rules of the game,  especially with regards to younger kids. Allowing your children to let loose without any restrictions is likely to be much more fun for them.

As kids get older, they will organically become more and more familiar with the rules, so for now just let them concentrate on having as much fun being active as possible. This can be a difficult task for sports fans, but still an important factor to bear in mind.  

 

Age Appropriate  

Another thing to consider is whether or not an activity is age appropriate. The most important part of encouraging kids to stay active is to ensure they enjoy it. The reality is that if they find it boring or too difficult then they are going to become dissatisfied with the activity and lose interest.

As a parent, you main role is to ensure they stay motivated and engaged. Younger kids and tots can really benefit from simple activities such as kicking a ball around the yard. Not only will this help them burn off some steam, but will also help them develop hand eye coordination and motor skills. Older kids and teens tend to find sports such as soccer and baseball more rewarding and the social aspect can also greatly aid them in their development.

 

Be a Motivational Parent

As the parent, you have the responsibility of ensuring your kids stay motivated to participate in physical activity including sports. Often, all a child needs is a little bit of encouragement from their loved ones and they will find the confidence to participate. As they get involved, continually let them know how proud you are and praise them whenever they make progress. The influential effect of a parent’s compliment should never be taken for granted.

 

The Bottom Line

Keeping kids motivated is arguably more difficult than ever with so many distractions from the digital world, but it that makes it even more important. Exercise is not only essential for a healthy and well balanced body and mind, but it can also help in a myriad of other ways too. This can include childhood development, confidence building and acquiring social skills.  You may even find that it builds a closer relationship between you and your child! 

The Zen Of Recovery: 5 Steps For Rebuilding Your Health And Restoring Your Hope

The Zen Of Recovery: 5 Steps For Rebuilding Your Health And Restoring Your Hope

 

Some accidents can cause personal injuries that last for years. They necessitate things like surgery, therapy, medical equipment, and more.  Although it may seem perfectly natural, considering all the things that you’re going through, to give up and believe your life has lost meaning and purpose; this is a mistake. When you sink into depression, you only make a bad situation worse, ruining your own life and making everyone close to you miserable, too.

 

Here are five practical tips you can use to deal with your new situation without letting it get you down:

  1. Make sure your basic needs are met.

Before contemplating what coping strategies you should adopt, sort out your basic needs. Do you have enough money to cover your basic cost of living? If not, then research what resources are available for financial assistance or at-home employment. Do you have easy access to all the medical supplies you need when you need them? If not, then use an online medical supplies service like USAMedicalSurgical.com to place an order when your supplies run low. Do you have enough emotional support to cope with your situation? If you don’t have any close family or friends, then consider joining a support group in your city to be able to share your feelings with others.  And if you do have family and friends nearby, be willing to accept their help. 

 

  1. Avoid making yourself miserable.

The way people make themselves miserable is through negative self-talk and overidentification with all the ills and misfortunes reported in the news, on social media, and other media. Learn to catch your mind-wandering and steer it away from self-pity, reflecting on everything that’s not working, and feeling critical of people and events. Instead, steer your mind to what is working for you. Give yourself the gift of self-compassion.

There are three exercises that you can use to steer your mind in a more positive direction:

  • List a few things you are grateful for when you wake up, even if it’s something as simple as feeling grateful that you have a bed to sleep in and will soon have breakfast.
  • Scribble a letter to yourself every day for a week speaking words of empathy, hope, and faith. This daily dose of self-encouragement will coax your mind to think in a more productive way.
  • Read biographies of people who overcome great odds in life, making impossible things possible.

Although these three exercises may seem contrived, they will work if you stick with them long enough. Eventually, you’ll start to think in a more positive way, which will not only help you but those around you. 

 

  1. Notice when you’re winning.

Every time you do something that you couldn’t do before, you’re winning in life. Depending on your condition, small victories might be learning to walk a few steps more than you did a week ago or to do something else that shows that you’re making progress toward recovery.  

 

  1. Focus on what you can do.

Although you may feel that you can’t do much physically, there is plenty that you can do mentally. You can read a book, learn how to play chess (or learn how to play better chess), or study some skill, like math or art. Appreciate the simple fact that your mind can learn from documentaries, books, online courses, and discussions. Set some intellectual or artistic goals for yourself.

 

  1. Get better at managing your stress.

The more stressed we are about something, the worse things appear to get, which, of course, stresses us out even more. The way to step out of fear, worry, anxiety, and other stressful emotions is to adopt practices like mindfulness, meditation, and contemplation. By calming your agitated nervous system, your body will have less cortisol running through your bloodstream. By focusing on the physiological aspects of stress reduction, like tensing and relaxing your muscles or breathing more deeply, your turbulent emotions will settle down.  Stress can also extend to those around you, including your own children, so learning to manage your own will help them as well. 

 

While these five practices are neither intuitive nor easy, you will get better over time at taking care of your basic needs, thinking more optimistically, noticing your small victories, focusing on what you can do, and getting better at managing your stress. You will begin to feel increasingly better about your life as these gain momentum.

The Snowball Effect of a Personal Injury

Personal Injury Stress

 

Being involved in an accident is already scary enough. These fears and stresses can be exacerbated when you suffered injuries. In an instant, any and everything about your life can be changed forever. From your finances to your personal relationships, the aftermath of an accident is often riddled with stress-inducing obstacles to overcome. If you are a parent, you need to be even more prepared.  Fortunately, there are a lot of resources and strategies that can help you get through it all.

 

Lost Wages/Employment Issues

One of the biggest things to happen to someone who has been injured is lost wages or employment issues. Whether your injuries are short or long-term, if you’ve been hurt to the point that you’re incapable of doing your job, it can impact your finances. Some individuals end up losing time, money, and even their jobs altogether (if their injuries are long-term and they won’t ever be able to perform their duties).

Solutions: Though you may not be able to do much about your diagnosis or recovery time, you can help your finances in a number of ways.

Hire an attorney – when you’re missing time off from work and your budget is starting to hurt because of it, secure an attorney. You’ll need to hire someone who practices in the region the accident took place. For example, if you were injured on a ride at Playland,  you would want to consult a personal injury attorney in White Plains NY or another city in Westchester County. They know the local court system and can help you file a suit to seek compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages resulting from the injury. 

File disability – the moment you’re injured and not able to return to work you need to file a temporary disability claim. Your employer and/or your state has disability insurance which can be used to provide you with financial assistance while you recover.

Government programs – if your income has decreased substantially since the accident you may need further assistance from the government. There are programs that provide free or affordable healthcare, housing assistance, utility assistance, food stamps, and more you can take advantage of.  These programs can help you get back on your feet!

Tap into your savings – hopefully, you’ve been putting away for a rainy day. If so, now would be the time to use your emergency funds to tide you over until you receive other financial help. 

 

Hospital Stays/Long-Term Issues

Serious injuries can significantly alter the course of your life. Some people have to be hospitalized for days, weeks, or months at a time until they recover (which also increases medical expenses). Others end up having long-term issues that require long-term care or permanent lifestyle changes.

Solutions: Being seriously injured is stressful, but there are ways you can speed up your recovery. For those who have permanent issues, making lifestyle adjustments are necessary.

Work with your doctor – Keeping all your doctor’s appointments, following their advice, and following-up with specialists is the most effective way to recover.

Ask your family for help – If you’re going to be immobile for awhile you’ll need to call in the reinforcements. Your family can be very useful in helping you recover. They can pitch in with household chores, run errands, prepare meals, and even watch your children.  Recently my husband suffered a malpractice injury and we discovered how lucky we were to have family nearby. 

Make changes around the house – If your injuries are permanent you may need to make changes around the house to support yourself. This may include installing a ramp or widening doors for a wheelchair, adding grab bars for extra support, purchasing a lift chair, and whatever else you can think of.

 

Emotional Distress

Accidents don’t just cause physical pain, they cause emotional pain as well. Dealing with your finances, filing a personal injury suit, seeking medical treatment, and adapting to your new normal can be a lot to take on at once.

Solutions: The most effective solution for dealing with emotional distress is to speak with someone about it. Talking to a therapist or spiritual adviser can help you to gain perspective on things and learn new ways to enjoy life despite your injuries and troubles.

 

When you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t even your fault, it can turn your world upside down. It’s important that you don’t allow your circumstances or condition to get the best of you. In order to recover and get past the stress of an accident, it is important to make a plan. A personal injury attorney, your doctors, a therapist, and your family are the most effective people to turn to to help you resolve your problems. It may take some time, but eventually, you’ll learn how to appreciate life, and things will go on.

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