It’s all too easy to make big commitments at the start of the year which end up disappearing by the time February rolls around. One of the main reasons we find it hard to keep up our resolutions is that we over-extend ourselves and face burnout when we realise our goals might have been a bit too ambitious. A great way to avoid this happening is to set a concrete, achievable goal for yourself or your family to begin with.
If you keep meaning to take more time to yourself, but can never seem to get around to it, try planning to have a few mindful minutes with your family each day until the end of January. If you have the time, you can sit down and do a longer exercise like a guided meditation, but for those busy days (especially once school starts back!) it can be as simple as doing some breathing exercises before bed. Once you’ve realised how easy it is to fit some mindfulness into your schedule, and how much of a difference it can make day-to-day, it’ll be second nature to you for the rest of the year!
Healthy eating is another place where it can feel difficult to make big changes, especially when you have kids. You don’t always have time to plan the healthiest lunches or cook nutritious dinners, and if you have picky eaters, it can be so much easier to just throw together something you know they’ll like. But you don’t need to revamp all of your eating habits at once to make your family’s diets a little healthier, and trying a Rainbow Eating Challenge is a great place to start.
It’s really simple: sit down before you do your grocery shop, and pick a colour of the rainbow for each day of the week. Have your kids think about some fruit and vegetables for each colour. Then, set a challenge to try a new, or an extra piece of fruit or veg for each day of the challenge. You can try doing it for a week or a month at first, and keep it going as long as you can think of new fruits and vegetables! This is a super fun and super easy way to introduce new foods into your Super Troopers’ diets, and it’ll help to curb unhealthy snacking between meals if you keep some of that day’s food on hand for when you and your kids get a bit peckish.
It’s recommended that kids are active for 60 minutes a day, and that adults are active for 150 minutes a week. While Super Troopers is a great help in motivating your family to get active, sometimes you might need a little help to push it over the line! Setting a family goal, like walking 50km in January, is a really good way to get everyone involved, and your kids will love keeping track of how close you are to reaching the target.
To make it easy to keep up with your progress, try making a chart you can hang up in your home, where everyone can see it. Every time you go out for a walk, whether it’s before bedtime, on a weekend, or just the walk to or from school, fill in a little bit of the chart. This means your kids can get an idea of how well they’re doing, and it will work as a great motivator towards the end of the month, when you’re getting closer and closer to reaching the goal. You can increase the goal a little bit every month, and at the end of the year, look back on how much your activity levels have increased.
Trying out new activities and ideas throughout the year is a great way to make sure you and your family stay motivated and energised. Luckily, the Super Troopers website is updated every month with brand new resources related to activity, nutrition and wellbeing, all designed for you and your kids to keep healthy and have fun at the same time! Check out our Family Zone, and let us know how you get on with your pictures, videos and stories for the chance to win great prizes all year round.
Wishing you a Super New Year!