A healthy life starts with a healthy home, but many might not even know where to start when building one. Still, cultivating health in your home should be the most important thing to both individuals and families because, after all, you’ve got nothing without your health!
Here, we’re sharing our top tips for creating a healthy home so that you and your families can live your healthiest lives yet.
Start with Values
To create a healthy home, you first have to start with your values. In other words, what does healthy mean to you?
For some, a healthy home might be growing your own food and having big family gatherings all the time. For others, an active family who spends most of their time outdoors is their version of healthy.
For most, healthy is simply about balance. Eating healthy most of the time, staying active every day, and enjoying life in a stress-free way -- that’s a good way to be healthy. That means no food rules, no strict regimens, and an authentic, healthy lifestyle that’s unfakeable.
Still, it’s up to you to define what healthy means for you. Then, once you understand your definition of healthy, you can start to make choices towards those values.
Make Healthy Choices
So, how do you make healthy choices at home? Well, you have to have a good why.
Why be healthy in the first place? What are the benefits of healthy living? What’s the cost? Do those benefits outweigh the costs? Why?
Everybody will have a slightly different answer to these questions. So, in addition to defining health for yourself, it’s also just important to understand why that’s even a good idea. And understanding why you want to make healthy choices is a strong motivator.
Create a Healthy Environment
Then, once you have a strong why, it’s important to create a healthy environment for your family. Your environment often reflects what’s going on on the inside and vice versa. It’s why some of the best advice for getting out of a rut is making your bed or cleaning your house.
So, create a healthy environment in your home by de-cluttering your space, keeping it clean and tidy, and setting yourself up to be in a healthy mindset.
Make Healthy Eating Easy
If you and your family struggle to eat healthily, you’re not alone. It’s something we all struggle with. In fact, our brains are wired to crave sugar and other fattening foods based on our evolutionary survival. So, don’t beat yourself up about it.
But, you can make healthy eating easier by creating a healthy home. That means don’t bring tons of junk food and unhealthy desserts into the house. You also don’t want to make yourself susceptible to binging either.
So, you might try recipes for healthier versions of your favorite foods and continue working on finding the right balance between healthy eating and treating yourself now and then. Just make sure it’s actually a treat…
Incorporate Mental Health Practices
Mental health is just as important as physical health in terms of creating a healthy home. Incorporate mental health practices into your life such as:
Breathing exercises and meditation can help to calm your nervous system and take your body out of “fight or flight” mode. Yoga is wonderful too, as it blends movement with meditation. And mindful eating helps you to better understand hunger cues for a healthier relationship with food.
These mental health practices can help your family stay grounded and connected, which is so important to the health of your relationships and household.
Make Home Workouts a Priority
Last but certainly not least, home workouts as a priority can help transform your home into a healthier one. Home workouts are convenient, cost-effective, and customizable to make exercise a normal part of your everyday life.
And that’s the whole goal -- making exercise and healthy living as integrated as possible with your household routines.
Stick to an at-home exercise program that you can do anytime, anywhere. All you need is a small amount of space and a little bit of motivation. But let’s face it, it’s a lot easier to be motivated to work out in your PJs than it is to drive to the gym, right?
Plus, when your family sees your workout routine when you do a program at home, they can help to keep you going and are more likely to be inspired to get active themselves.
So, how do you cultivate a healthy home?