Resolving to Get Family Fit in 2017

Resolving to Get Family Fit in 2017

Last updated: December 16, 2016, at 1:07 p.m. PT

Originally published: December 11, 2016, at 8:20 p.m. PT

As families change the calendar from December to January, there’s always that thrill in the promise of a new year full of potential. The New Year is chance to start fresh and say goodbye to any frustrations from the past year—a perfect opportunity to make resolutions that will help strengthen spirit, mind, and body for the whole family.

However, many of us find our resolutions thrown out along with the holiday decorations. It’s no wonder—starting the New Year by making sweeping cuts to eating habits and unreasonable declarations about exercise don’t set us up for success! But by reframing resolutions and breaking them down into smaller, easy-to-sustain goals  you’ll see big benefits in the long run,  whether it’s eating more meals together, having more quality family time, or trying a new activity.

At the Y,  we see how things such as getting involved in with the community and making lifestyle changes can change someone’s life for the better. Here are five New Year’s Resolutions to consider for 2017:

  • Move More: It’s important for children to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day (30 minutes for adults). Incorporate more physical activity into your daily routines by trying a family after dinner walk or weekend urban hikes at local parks.
  •  Swap a Soda a Day: It may be difficult, but cutting soda can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap one soda a day per family member for a large glass of water instead. Once you’ve all been able to swap one, take a family challenge to cut soda entirely.
  • Schedule Family-Time: With work, school, and activities family-time may seem like an impossible ask, but try setting a  family goal for a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, play outside, or visit with family and friends.
  • Volunteer Your Time: Giving back and supporting neighbors can benefit everyone involved. Not only is it a personally rewarding experience to help others in need, but it’s also a great way to connect as a family or discover an interest. Find an opportunity in your community that the whole family can participate in, like reading  distributing food at a local food bank or trail clean up.
  • Put Extras to Good Use: Do you have extra canned goods or clothes that could benefit others in need? Get together as a family to clean out your pantry, closet or attic and donate extra items to homeless shelters or community outreach programs. This is a great opportunity to introduce the idea of giving back to kids by putting it into action.
  • For additional tips or to learn more about how to get involved with the Y visit your local branch for volunteer opportunities and family events.