Give Your Family a Health Makeover - Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

If your family life is as busy and hectic as mine, it's easy to let a few things slide. And when that happens, our families may start to develop some not-so-healthy habits.

Maybe we're indulging in too many processed convenience foods, maybe we're letting the kids' bedtimes get pushed back later and later, or maybe we're all just watching too much TV.

The good news is this: If we can manage to make small changes in our daily routines, we'll be able to make big changes in our family's overall health and well- being over time.

Here are a few small changes to consider:

1. How many sodas does your family drink in an average week? See if you can replace one or two of these sodas with sparkling water. Gradually, your kids may develop a taste for it, and you'll save those empty sugar calories.

2. How much water does everyone drink? Encourage each member of your family to drink more water by making it more palatable and accessible. Keep a carafe of filtered water in the refrigerator, for example, along with slices of fresh lemon.

3. How many fruits and veggies does everyone consume? When your family typically gets the munchies (for us, it's usually about an hour before dinner), put out a plate of raw fresh veggies for snacking.

4. Make a point to have mealtimes together (without the TV on in the background). Ask everyone to make an effort to not rush though breakfast and dinner, but to slow down and to focus on the taste of the food and the joy of being together to discuss the day's events.

5. Find a board game that everyone likes to do together and replace at least one hour of TV per week with a game. Scrabble, Pictionary and Cranium are particularly good family games that will get you thinking and laughing.

6. Consider starting a new sport or joining a recreation center as a family. This will give you some fun together time and get you motivated to get moving at the same time.

Remember, baby steps are important. If you continue to take small, incremental steps to improve the health and well being of your family, you'll start seeing big changes in no time.

As a parent, you can do a lot to help your kids form good lifestyle habits that will last their whole lives through.

Fitness Center Prices

Before you select a fitness center you need to consider a number of things, and, certainly, the price is on of the key aspects your choice depends on.

So, what are the typical fitness center prices?

1. A single membership usually cost from $35 to 40$. It should be also added that you will manage to find a cheaper option - $20 per month but this will depend on location, age of a client and some other factors. Naturally, there are also elite gyms that offer really expansive fees.

2. The other important aspect for you to pay attention to is that the majority of fitness centers provide membership packages. For example, you may choose from 3, 6 and 12 months packages. As you understand selecting such plan involves signing a contract. A great advantage of such packages is a significant discount you might be offered.

3. As concerning 24 hour fitness centers it will be useful for you to find out that membership plan for 3 months will cost you about $50 per month. Since there are a lot of such centers and consequently there is a serious competition between all of them, you will be able to find a cheaper fee, such as about $40 per months for a package.

Ok, now you know how much to pay but, before you do this, find out what you should be paying for. So, for the money you pay you should:

- freely use all fitness equipment that is provided;

- be provided with consultations concerning each piece of the equipment;

- have the access to pools, tennis courts... (if they are available);

There is one more thing you should know about - discounts. So, keep in mind that there are a lot of fitness centers that provide clients with discounted or free membership for a trial period. Also, before becoming a member of a gym, ask whether there are some discounts offered, such as discount prices for families, students etc.