After a long summer break, our teens are finally back to school and focused on classes! As you get adjusted to the first month of school this is a great opportunity to create new healthy habits for your kids and the entire family. As experts in counseling families and teens, here are the top 5 tips we recommend to help you and your family get off to a healthy start:
#1: Set Early Bedtimes
It is very important that teens get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused throughout the day. They also need more sleep than adults because they are in a time of very fast physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. To help your teen stay alert and focused, most experts agree that they get more than 8 hours of sleep each night. Sticking to a routine is important too, so don’t let weekends become a late-night free-for-all.
#2: Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Most experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. It is also a great opportunity for your teen to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients such as calcium, fiber, and calcium. To get your kids ready for breakfast each morning, consider making their bedtimes a little earlier each night so they have enough time to eat breakfast and whenever possible, can enjoy it together as a family.
#3: Stock up on Fruits & Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and low in calories! A healthy snack will also help your teen stay energized and alert during the day. To ensure your teen gets plenty of fruits and vegetables, we recommend you keep pre-washed produce available to simply grab and eat. Keep a bag of celery sticks and baby carrots or plenty of berries, grapes, apples, pears and bananas for your kids to snack on during the day.
#4: Exercise at Least Twice a Week
It is important that your teen exercises regularly not only to stay fit but also to perform better in school! According to experts “exercise boosts academic performance in various ways: allowing kids to pay attention better and focus on their work; boosting self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain helping with memory and concentration.” We highly recommend your teen exercise at least twice a week to stay healthy!
#5: Limit Liquid Calories
When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. Teens cannot replace water with juices or diet sodas! Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for weight loss. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that are toxic and directly affect our hormone levels. Sugary drinks are simply empty calories and devoid of nutrients!
Maintaining Balance and Consistency
At the Lean Teen Program, we specialize on training teens to build healthy habits that last a lifetime! If your teen needs help getting fit, please call us today at (704) 614-6700 or register for a free class at http://leanteenprogram.com/register. Being healthy is all about learning balance and consistency and having the right guidance and support to be successful. Give us a call and let us help your family build healthy habits together!