Rising food costs should not be a barrier to eating healthily ...

Family fun:  Get a group of you together, split into teams and have a list of events
Family fun: Get a group of you together, split into teams and have a list of events
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A recent report published by the Department of Health in March 2013, showed that over 60 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of children in the UK are now classed as overweight and obese!

Scary fact... These can be partly due to out dated bmi charts which were created over 40 years and can show even a top athlete being classed as overweight using this system, which clearly they aren’t!

Helen Smith with Claire Bush and Beth Asling at HS Group Fitness, Shaw Lodge Mills, Simmonds Lane, Halifax.

Helen Smith with Claire Bush and Beth Asling at HS Group Fitness, Shaw Lodge Mills, Simmonds Lane, Halifax.

But what we can look at is a body fat percentage, so your overall fat percentage rather than just your weight!

And this can be a scary number too!

So what can we do about it?

Many families are struggling with rising food costs alongside increasing household bills, but this doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthily.

Cutting out processed foods/snacks, microwave meals will not only save you money but will also mean you know exactly what you are putting into your food and what you are consuming.

Even bulk cooking meals so you can freeze for later in the week, will stop those last minute decisions to buy a takeaway, due to long days at work and being too tired.

Trying to get little ones to eat fruit and vegetables can be challenging and they all go through stages of loving a food one week and hating it the next.

I found with my two little ones that by introducing new food groups from a young age, blending my own potato mash, carrots plus lots of others, they happily tuck into most fruit and vegetables now!

(Turnip is still a no no, as well as mushrooms though, I’m afraid)!

Even purchasing frozen vegetables and fruit rather than fresh, can help save the pennies and still provide you and the family with your five-a-day!

Now the next big question. Are we getting enough exercise as a nation?

In truth, probably not? Longer hours at work, shortness of expendable income, lack of time and money can be a huge issue for many.

But we can do something, without it costing anything!

Younger children are always happy to go outside with a grown up, helping in the garden, walking the dog, running around and having a game of tag or a game of football. It’s generally when they grow into their teens, that finding something they are motivated to do, can be a challenge!

Starting children off on a healthy eating and fitness lifestyle from an early age is the ideal. It can then lead on into their teens and adulthood as they become aware of new sports and challenges. And remember to not make it too regimented, but fun and exciting, so they will grow to love it.

Teenagers, however, can find it hard to find something to keep them motivated, and this can especially be true for females.

But maybe going out for long walks with the family, cycling, family sports days, and discos for their friends at their own houses. Creating new dance routines? The possibilities are endless and it doesn’t have to cost the earth!

Trying to keep active every day for 20-30 mins is the ideal. Getting a dose of vitamin D from the sunshine to maintain healthy, strong bones as well as helping you and them getting a better night’s sleep from all the fresh air!

So why not create your own family/friend sports day this summer?

Get a group of you together, split into teams and have a list of events.

Create your own winners badges/ trophies and take your own picnic with you...

A great way to spend quality time with your loved ones, get your dose of fun and exercise and have a fabulous feast at the end!

HS Group Fitness will be running family workshops throughout the summer holidays when you can come along, try family fitness classes and also learn more about healthy eating/ food planning and come and try some free samples sessions/food.

We will also be running kid’s workshops throughout the summer for 5-16 year olds, split into younger and older aged sessions.

For more information contact info@hsgroupfitness.co.uk or call me Helen Smith, on 07792 795833.