*Written and published for Norfolk County Tourism www.norfolktourism.ca

When it comes to learning, good health is a very important factor for success in school.

As you and your kids return to the routine this week, it is time to plan for a healthy fall for the whole family!

This month, I will address various aspects of health and hope to empower you to make some small changes into your routine to promote a healthy life for you and your family.

First, let’s focus on fitness!

I am a mom of two and I totally get that between the extra-curricular activities and helping with homework it is challenging to make fitness a priority for your family. Here are 3 tips to help you navigate active living.

 

PLAN AHEAD

As we start the month of September, I suggest that you make a plan. Planning goes a long way when you are trying to focus on wellness.  Norfolk County has loads of resources to offer you alternatives. One of the tools I love to use is Norfolk’s Recreation Guide http://www.norfolkcounty.ca/living/parks-and-recreation/. There are so many groups and activities offered locally that you will certainly find something that suits your family. Get the list of parks, arenas and other facilities and make some plans for fun activities with your kids. Walks, hikes, skating and swimming are inexpensive activities that will make everybody smile! Write these activities in your monthly calendar to hold yourself accountable.

 

DON’T OVERSCHEDULE

While I invite you to make plans for your family, I encourage you not to over schedule yourself. It is so easy to try to do it all and forget space for downtime. As your kids get started with their new routine, they will be tired and will also cherish time to lay low and cozy up with you. It’s all about balance! It’s about creating a schedule that fits your life. It’s ok to say no and it’s ok to leave some blank spaces in the calendar for family time.

Active kids will likely be more successful at school. It is time to look into Norfolk County’s many amazing programs and register. Hockey (including the first shift for first time players), skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, dance, martial arts and many other programs will make sure your kids get their sweat on! Search through the guide or other publications to see what peaks your child’s interest.

 

TIME IN NATURE

Research shows that there are so many health benefits from spending time out in nature.  A walk on a local trail or visit to the beach is a great de-stressor. Remember that the weather is usually wonderful in September.  Don’t call it quits on summer yet, keep going outside! The Lynn Valley Trail has awesome spots for a family hike. Long Point is also a really good spot to get some steps in. Kids will love to walk along the water’s edge. They won’t even know that they are exercising! Biking gets everybody moving, plan a little outing around Norfolk this month to stay active.

 

I invite you to join me this Thursday at 1pm live on the Norfolk Tourism FB page as I chat about another aspect of healthy living for families.

Amelie Chanda - Wellness Coach