Your Dinner Table Might Be the Key to a Happier Family
Call All Hands on Deck Mom or Dad shouldn’t be expected to cook by themselves for every meal. This is family time, after all, so call in the kids! Make sure their tasks are age-appropriate — leave sautéing vegetables to the high schooler and let your first-grader set out the cups instead. This is the perfect opportunity to teach kids valuable kitchen skills and to take some of the burden off your plate. Plus, if your kids are picky eaters, inviting them to be part of the cooking process can make them more inclined to try the finished product. Don’t Stress Yourself Out It’s okay if you’re too busy on a Monday to cook dinner. There’s always Tuesday. Or you can take a trip to your favorite family restaurant. Family meals should be fun, and that can’t happen if you’re stressed. Don’t feel pressured to make each meal perfect or to prepare a three-course dinner every night. Chicken and rice can get the job done as long as you’re all sitting around the table as a family. No matter how hectic your schedule may be, making family meals a priority is always worth the investment. Who’s in the mood for meatloaf?
The family dinner is a staple of years gone by. These days, the only time you see a family sit together and break bread seems to be at Thanksgiving. This is a shame, because regular family dinners are incredibly important! It’s a time to bond with your loved ones that can have a positive impact on your kids’ lives. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who regularly partake in family meals are less likely to experience depression or engage in drug use. Furthermore, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University determined that kids who eat family meals five to seven times a week bring home better report cards. Even when schedules are busy, you can make family dinners fit Dinner doesn’t have to be at 6 p.m. on the dot. If Kamala has a karate tournament in the evening or Peter needs to stay late at school for art club, why not break out the healthy snacks and make dinner happen a little later or earlier? Plus, the meal you share as a family doesn’t have to be at dinnertime. If there’s time in the mornings, sit down for breakfast. If you have the opportunity on weekends or during a school break, grab lunch together. into your agenda with these tips. Be Flexible About Mealtimes
THE LEGACY OF LES MILLS Celebrating the 100th Release of Body Attack
The workouts stay fresh, too. Every three months, a new version is released. That means updated music and a modern routine for Body Attack, Body Pump, and all your favorite Les Mills classes. This month, we debuted the 100th release of Body Attack. To mark this special event, we held the debut workout on our tennis courts on March 25! Come join one of these sessions and be among the first to try the 100th Body Attack release! In early April, we’re also opening our outside obstacle course. We have more information for you on Page 3 about the best way try it out and why it might be the workout for you.
In 1968, four-time Olympian Les Mills opened a gym in New Zealand. In the ‘80s, his son, Phillip Mills (also an Olympian), and his wife, Jackie, began to develop high-energy classes for strength and aerobic conditioning set to upbeat, modern music. This initial idea would eventually become the wildly popular Les Mills fitness program, debuting in the U.S. in the ‘90s. The rest, as they say, is history. we’ve had them at our club for over 20 years. The reason? They work. They’re fun, our trainers enjoy teaching them, our members enjoy taking them, and people see results. As Fore Court owner David Morin says, “It goes to show the continuity and professionalism of the programs.” Les Mills’ workouts have long been a standard of fitness at Fore Court;
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