Denis Waitley once said, “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” Most of us don’t realize exactly how intertwined these two things truly are. They work together in tandem, and in many cases the increase in one leads to the increase in the other.

Healthy people live longer.

Barring extreme cases, this statement is generally accepted as true. In most situations, there’s a direct correlation between practicing a healthy lifestyle and the amount of time that you live. Conversely, the less healthy you are the higher your chances of a lower life expectancy. It just makes sense.

The best thing about a healthy lifestyle is that it’s never too late to start having one! People are much more educated now about the positive effects a healthy lifestyle can have on their long-term health, and in today’s fitness-oriented society there are hundreds of exercise options readily available to the public, regardless of your age. That being said, the younger you start living a healthy lifestyle the better.

It can be hard to hop on the “exercise and eat right” train, especially if you don’t have a support system there to encourage you. You’ve heard that there’s strength in numbers, and when it comes to trying to live a healthy lifestyle this is definitely true! Making the commitment to start eating right and exercising as a whole family helps increase your likelihood of succeeding because it ensures that you’re held accountable, and it’s also a great way to spend time together!

If you don’t already exercise together, we encourage you to start. Encouraging your kids to exercise, making it something they associate with fun and family togetherness, will go a long way towards improving their long-term health. So get out there and have some fun! Exercise together. Eat healthy. Make it something to look forward to.

“Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it.” –Alan Thicke

Always keep this in mind, especially when you’re trying to find creative ways for the whole family to exercise together. Exercise doesn’t have to mean spending two hours in the gym every day, benching 100 pounds, or running 5 miles. Exercise can be as simple as playing volleyball on the beach or taking the kids to ride their bikes at the local park. Figure out what fun fitness means for you as a family, then sit back and enjoy the ride!

Take pictures of what you’re doing together as a family and share them on our Facebook page! The point is to help inspire others to make the commitment as a family to start living a healthier lifestyle, and you can be a part of that.