There are few things in life as important as our families. Moms and dads all over the world make countless decisions daily that affect the wellbeing of each other and their children. Something many families don’t think about in that process is how much money each decision could cost or save them.
Let’s face it. There are a lot of ways in which the old saying that money makes the world go ‘round is true. So, how can family save a little more money for a rainy day? One way is to do all that they can to remain healthy. Below are three ways you can do just that.
The family that prays together stays together is a popular saying, but the family that works out together saves money together, as well. As a couple with no children, it is crucial that you implement a training program together.
If this is already in place, when you become blessed with children, it will be easier to bring them up in a lifestyle of exercise. They will never know any different. Not to mention, you will build more than muscles when you spend time together as a family getting in and staying in shape.
If you already have a family and exercise is not something that has been a mainstay in your home, start small. Introduce a family workout plan two or three days a week. Make sure to maintain consistency. If you fail to stay motivated, your children will assume that working their bodies is not as important to their health as is actually is.
Fruit Loops Or Oatmeal?
The next way you can save your wallet from attack is by making sure you and your family eat right. Fruit loops are ok every once in awhile. Things like sugar, salt, and fat have their place in a healthy diet, but these things in excess can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
All of which will lead to higher medical expenses and grocery bills, for that matter. Like to eat out? Many people do on a regular basis. It is a good way to hang out with friends and family and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to cook a healthy meal or we are just too tired from a long day at work or school.
Again, moderation is encouraged. Taco Bell was not put on this planet to torture us. It’s just not a good idea to eat there three or more times a month.
Spend Time Together
Another aspect of maintaining a healthy family is mental health. It’s a great thing to have a family who can run, jump, and wrestle with the best of them and maintain a healthy weight, but your family’s mental health is just as important. In a world where technology has practically raised our children, it has become difficult to stand between them and the Xbox or their cell phone and encourage family time.
Many kids just aren’t interested. Because of that, many parents get tired of trying and eventually give up. Please be encouraged to keep going. Be consistent. Introduce a family night free of all electronics, at least once a week. Schedule hikes and have spontaneous backyard football games.
Spend time contributing to community service together and take time to listen when each other speaks. This could be the most important key to your family’s mental health as just feeling like you matter can keep a person motivated to keep trying in even the darkest chapters of life.
Your family’s health is of the utmost importance no matter how you look at it, but taking steps to gain and maintain it will also keep your wallet fuller by reducing medical and psychiatric bills in the future.