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3 Healthy Habits for Back-to-School

By Virginia Laird

With the first day of school in sight, it is time to begin considering healthy habits to implement (or maintain) to ensure a successful school year for your student(s). All too often, parents lose sleep trying to figure out what the best schedule might be for their kids, determining what to pack in lunches, and much more. Rather than allowing these issues to clutter your mind, following a few suggested tips can help ease your stress. A few to consider include: 

  • Stick to a bedtime
  • Make sure your child eats breakfast
  • Send your child outside

Stick to a Bedtime

Making sure your child (or children) get plenty of sleep is one worry that millions of parents struggle with each year. Determining how much sleep your student should get can be nothing short of trial and error to find the magic number. Research indicates that most children require between 10 and 12 hours of sleep. Giving your children a bedtime plays a vital role in helping each one get enough sleep. Once you find the bedtime that works best, stick to it. 

Make Sure Your Child Eats Breakfast

Breakfast is an important part of every day. It is the meal that fuels the body. It helps you function properly. There is some research advising that without breakfast as part of a daily routine, the body may find it a struggle to focus and function. As parents, we can only hope that our children can focus as it is one of the most vital aspects of having a successful student. Help your child eat breakfast each morning. This can be done by encouraging them to get up early enough to do so. For those who are not breakfast lovers, there are plenty of meal replacement options to help fulfill the need. Start making breakfast part of your daily routine right away.  

Send Your Child Outside

With much of the school day spent indoors at a desk, children need to get outside and play after hours. Although you may be a parent who considers allowing a great deal of time on video games after school, there are more benefits to getting outside. Consider going out with your children. Spending time outside is linked to stress relief, Vitamin D, and exercise, all of which your children need. 

Help your children make this year a great one by encouraging these healthy habits from day one. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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