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Posted by Judy Moore on 12/26/2021

When finding a home, everyone has their unique set of priorities. If physical fitness is on your list of lifestyle must-haves, you might be in the market for a home to support that. This could be through home gyms, outdoor features and proximity to parks and fitness centers. However, besides searching for features like Olympic-sized swimming pools, it's not always clear how to find a home that offers fitness benefits. Here are some tips to help you in your home search to get the best fitness benefits:

Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Neighborhoods

When searching for a home with fitness benefits, consider the characteristics of the neighborhood. Streets with well-maintained sidewalks and ample bike lanes will make it safer and easier to enjoy the outdoors. Check for well-lit pathways and whether other residents are actively spending time outside. These are all signs of a neighborhood that will encourage physical fitness.

Availability of services and non-residential features is another facet to consider in your search. If your new home is close to conveniences like grocery stores and restaurants, it can help encourage an active lifestyle while avoiding traffic. Choosing a home near favorite destinations makes it easier to reach them without driving or getting a ride, which is just another bonus to an active lifestyle.

Bonus Rooms, Basements & Attics

A big backyard isn't the only home feature that offers fitness benefits. A home with extra indoor space can serve many purposes including a home gym. Search for homes with basements, attics and extra bedrooms. Instead of using that space only for storage, use it for fitness equipment or a quiet space to focus on exercise. Having a dedicated place in the home devoted to fitness will help you focus and get the absolute best out of every square foot.

These are just a few ways to identify homes with fitness benefits. Keeping these things in mind during your home search will help you find the perfect home to match your lifestyle.




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Posted by Judy Moore on 2/26/2017

A healthy lifestyle is a reflection of your personal values and the habits you cultivate on a daily basis. When you prioritize, in your own mind, the importance of taking care of your own health, as well as that of your family, you've laid the groundwork for a healthier home environment. One of the worst dietary habits that many families fall into is keeping the kitchen well stocked with ice cream, cookies, cheese, crackers, and potato chips. While the mantra "All things in moderation" is a good guideline to follow, many people -- especially children -- do not have the self discipline to put that idea into practice. As you may have discovered, motivating your kids to eat less junk food and more fruits and vegetables can sometimes feel like an exercise in futility -- and unfortunately, that's not the kind of exercise that burns calories! A Few Ideas For Healthier Eating Permanently purging your home of all signs of snack foods that contain "empty calories" is too extreme of a solution for most families! A more realistic alternative might be to buy snacks in limited amounts and opt for the "reduced fat" version, whenever possible. Then, by keeping a fresh supply of apples, bananas, and other fruit in the house, you're encouraging your family to make healthier eating choices. One way to present this alternative in a more appealing way is to make low-cal fruit smoothies for your kids, or teach them to do it themselves (if they're old enough). A proven method of helping to control portion size is to serve food on smaller plates. Not only does it create the illusion of a larger serving, but it helps to limit the size of second helpings. It doesn't work for everybody all the time, but it is worth a try! Offering ice water with meals, instead of sugary soda and fruit drinks, is another simple, but healthy habit for the family. A slice of lemon or lime can add to both the taste and visual appeal. There are literally dozens of other healthy food choices you can incorporate into your family's diet, but I'll leave those details to the nutritionists, dieticians, and medical professionals. There are also several authoritative websites online that can provide you with complete guidelines, recipes, healthy snacks, and meal plans. What About Exercise? As you've probably heard, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes of health problems in people of all ages. Fortunately, there are at least as many choices for staying physically active as there are excuses for avoiding it. Even if the idea of heading to the gym four times a week sounds about as appealing as being trapped in an elevator with a door-to-door salesman, there are plenty of other ways to stay in shape. Low-impact sports, such as golf, tennis, and swimming, can provide an array of benefits for both the mind and body. When all else fails, there's always the option of taking a family walk in the park or neighborhood. Sometimes adding a dog into the mix can provide an additional incentive to go out and "hit the pavement." While all exercise and dietary programs should be approved by your physician before getting started, there are quite a few common-sense approaches to improving health, such as portion control, junk food reduction, and age-appropriate physical activity (taking in account medical restrictions and personal safety.)