Building Your Family's Healthy Habits

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

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