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4 Tips to Help You and Your Entire Family Stimulate Your Minds- January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month (Part 4 of 4)

Tips to Stimulate MindIn Part One of this series which was posted at the begging of January, I mentioned that, January just happens to be Family Fit Lifestyle Month and that, if you are thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and to exercise more, I gave you 12 great tips to help you get started.

In Part Two of this series, I answered your question: Do You Know How Much Exercise You Should Do To Stay Healthy? In Part Three of this series: I gave you 12 Tips to Help You Promote Healthy Eating for Your Entire Family, and in this, the final Fourth Part of this series, I am giving you 4 Tips to Help You and Your Entire Family Stimulate Your Minds.

I hope you found this post series of information useful and welcome any of your thoughts or additional tips that will help my other loyal readers. So, once you’ve finished reading this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Being “fit” isn’t just about eating better and exercising; being fit also includes doing things that stimulate your minds. The saying, “Use it or Lose it” is definitely true in this case, and is back up by many published studies by the National Institute of Aging, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Institute of Health.

So Here are 4 Tips to Help You and Tour Entire Family Stimulate Your Minds:

  1. Play a fun game with your family at least one night a week. Games like Scrabble help with spelling, Candy Land with colors, and Yahtzee with sequential or logical skills.
  2. Limit television and screen time to less than 2 hours a day.
  3. Keep TV out of children’s bedroom. 69% of 6 to 14 year olds have TV’s in their bedroom and they average 3 ½ hours a day of TV and 8 ½ hours a day of electronic media (Kaiser Family Foundation).
  4. Make sure you and your children get enough sleep. Children need at least 9 hours of sleep. Adults need a minimum of 6 hours.

Remember, although January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month, healthy habits and becoming health conscious, should be an all the year around, lifelong undertaking. After all, a family that gets fit together becomes a much stronger, healthier unit, and enjoying activities together is a great way spend time with your family!

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4 Responses to 4 Tips to Help You and Your Entire Family Stimulate Your Minds- January is Family Fit Lifestyle Month (Part 4 of 4)
  1. Dr. Olsen
    January 29, 2012 | 10:02 pm

    These are great tips! I have read the rest of the articles in this series and it really inspired me to make more time for my family and just have fun. Bonding with your loved ones is the best and most stress-free way to spend your days off.

    • Dr Jon P Heins
      January 30, 2012 | 6:17 am

      Dr. Olsen: Thank you I’m glad you found these tips helpful and the rest of this series inspired you to spend more time with your family and have more fun.

  2. Dan Spinato
    January 30, 2012 | 12:51 am

    Sleep and productive games are two of the best things that children forsake nowadays, thanks to games and gadgets. These are important tips parents must read more on.

    • Dr Jon P Heins
      January 30, 2012 | 6:16 am

      Dr Spinato: Thanks for your input and the compliment and by all means, feel free to share these tips with other parents.

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