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Building Your Family's Healthy Habits

Boost your family fitness with these tips to develop and stick with healthy habits.

Motivating Your Family to Adopt Healthy Habits continued...

Be willing to sacrifice. Your family will need to let go of some well-loved but unhealthy habits to make room for the new healthier ones. For example, you may miss your nightly ice cream, but after a while you will grow to love your perfect piece of fruit. You may find it hard to say good-bye to a favorite TV show, but you and your kids will never regret spending an hour making a healthy dinner or taking a walk around the neighborhood.

Be creative. Even after you've found a great lifestyle for family fitness, things can get boring, so don't be afraid to mix it up. Be flexible and open to new ideas -- and involve the whole family.

"We all have more buy-in when we get to be a part of the change," Hoefs tells WebMD. Giving kids a choice helps them feel they're part of the process. "The motivation is in what we want to become -- in that picture of being healthy."

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Reviewed on November 21, 2011