This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association. All opinions are 100% mine.
I absolutely love the American Heart Association’s Life Is Why movement for continuing the conversations about why healthier living is important for us very busy moms.
The moment I became a mother my reason for living a healthier life was crystal clear: to see my babies grow up.
It was…and is…the highest priority. They are my why. My motivation and inspiration for living a healthier life.
When you’re a busy mom, being healthy can often fall off the list of priorities. So it’s critical to keep healthy living in the forefront and to create healthier habits for you and your family.
And the best way to live longer and show your children how to create healthier habits is by being the example of healthy living for your child.
The more moms that make healthy living a priority, the healthier our future will be. Moms united can make real change.
We (moms) are more powerful than we know! If we all create healthier living habits now, our children will grow up with healthier habits, and teach them to their children, and so on.
When I look at the next generation in my family, I’m even more motivated to live healthier (yes, I’m a ‘mom-mom’ now!).
Even though I’m a young grandmother, I know there are so many moments I want to be around for with my grandson. I’m even more inspired to be heart healthy and provide a good example for all of my children.
These moments are so precious. And I want to be here for all of them.
This time of year is especially great for committing to healthier habits. We’re primed for making new, or renewed, commitments to ourselves. And it’s your ‘why’ that will carry you through and help you stay the course as the year goes on.
Many of us likely have New Year Resolutions or goals that include healthy eating or exercising. But don’t forget to include the whole family when thinking about your healthier habits. It’s so much more fun to do things together. And it gives you an opportunity to really show your children how it’s done.
Here are some simple ways to keep your heart and brain healthy…and be that example for your kids:
- Drink more water
- Get some sun
- Sleep more… get at least 8 hours a night
- Limit your salt and sugar intake
- Laugh daily
- Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your meals and snacks
- Move! Take a walk, have a dance-off, choose the stairs instead of the elevator
- Keep your blood pressure check
There’s so much opportunity for us moms to live healthier. By making small, consistent shifts, it really adds up. Check out these mom hacks on the American Heart Association’s Pinterest page for more ideas.
As I go into this New Year I’m continuing to make healthier living a priority for me and my family, and I hope that you will too. Living a long healthy life so we can be here for many moments with our families is a movement we all should be a part of. 🙂
I want to hear from you!
What is your ‘why’? Your reason for living a longer, healthier life? Please join the discussion in the comments section below.