Why This Busy Mom Chooses Healthier Habits

Why This Busy Mom Chooses Healthier Habits

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.

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Comments 64

  1. I have been working on a healthier me. Your article really helped. “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Thank you Jesus

  2. I had high blood pressure but, now its under control, I have learned to eat right,exercise and sleep 8 hours or more, I never took time for sleep and now I feel great.

  3. These are great tips for creating healthier habits for yourself and family! I definitely believe that our children follow our example so it important to show them how great it feels to eat healthy and stay active! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. It’s true that moms tend to take care of everyone else before themselves. Now that I’m older, it’s more difficult to care for my own health. Thanks for the tips.

  5. I know that I need to start making more healthy decisions. I appreciate the pointers and tips on getting better doing so.

  6. If you have healthier habits it sets you up for a better life and helps you to get everything running smoothly.

  7. Great tips! I have also been trying to reduce my sugar and salt intake for my health. Little choices can make a big difference.

  8. I really struggle with this healthy life style. I do keep trying every day. I think of this article often and how great you look. This has helped alot. Thank you so much for sharing

  9. I’m Grandma to 5 Grandsons. I’ve done all these and cut way down on the amount of meat I consume. For several reasons. But healthwise it’s helped me feel younger. Every other day is meatless. When it is a meat day, I’ve cut my portion in half. More veggies and fruits were added. I find I have way more energy to do the things I love.

  10. Yay for all of the reasons to be healthier. For family would be my reason as well. You have a beautiful family- I can’t believe you are a grandmother! 🙂

  11. Living healthy really does help set good practices for your children. I find kids that have parents who eat healthy have no problem continuing once they are older.

  12. I am looking forward to becoming a grandmother (hopefully soon)! It’s important to make small changes that mean so much. I stopped drinking sodas and switched to water, especially in restaurants.

  13. I always try but it doesn’t always work that way. I like to be the best healthy example to my kids that I can!

  14. I am Canadian..so don’t follow the American Heart and Health guidelines..but everyone of these great tips
    Drink more water, Get some sun, Sleep more,Limit your salt and sugar intake, 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 is universal

  15. I agree with this 100%. Our children will grow up doing what we do usually, regardless if it’s positive or negative therefore I am much more motivated to make positive changes because my children are my world. Thanks for the tips you shared also.

  16. i have been doing my best to eat better when i can eat and meals that fix for my husbandd s healther since my husbands parents got real sick 4 yrs ago, and we losst them. i have ulcer troubles so i am now always battling surgery troubles and my tummy is just very damaged. so i get tube feedings so get most my nutients throughh there cause i also have suction in my tummy to keep pressure from blowing out the fistula on my leftside that ate thru after surgery in 2013 thank u doctor who put me to sleep pleae litento me and we may not have had this problem.
    i bake or grill alot more for my husband and less beef my husband doesn’t like it but he understands

  17. My reason for choosing healthy habits is my dreams. I want to be around long enough to accomplish my long term goals.

  18. For the last couple of Years my Resolution had been to drink more Water, which I have been doing but I still need to drink more.

    Thanks for the Post and the Tricks.

  19. so well said… your world really does change after kids… and grandkids! wow, you are looking amazing, lady!

  20. Your children and grandson are gorgeous!! I love your “why” and would shave to say that my nieces and nephews are mine!! I want to see them all grow up and do amazing things!!

  21. Being a mom for two kids & living in a world with lots of of stress all around, I agree health must be the highest priority. I love that wonderful campaign from American Heart Association’s which could be so helpful & inspiring for many of us.

  22. there is heart disease in my family and because i know this i have taken steps to try to eat well, exercise more, and take better care of myself. i owe it to myself and to my family.

  23. This is a great post and everyone should take care of there health now instead of after something happens. My mother has end stages of heart failure and it is do to her not taking care of herself. It really has been a wake up call for our whole family the past 5 months. She has been in and out of the hospital since her massive heart attack in September. It really made me think about my kids and I don’t want them going through what I am going through with my mother. Thanks for sharing this awesome information.

  24. I am right with you on this. I have two young grandchildren and I would love to be around to watch them grow up. Your grandchild is beautiful. Congrats. Thank you for the encouragement

  25. These are great ways to make a big impact in one’s overall heath. My daughters are why I want to live a longer, healthier life. I love that the American Heart Association is encouraging people to focus on their health.

  26. Moms take care of everyone else in the family so it is so incredibly important to focus on themselves once in awhile, especially when it comes to health care. Our heart health is so key to living a long and healthy life.

  27. Grandma?! I hope I look as amazing as you when I’m a grandmother (but I don’t foresee that happening, since you already look younger than me!)

    I stay healthy for the same reasons as you! I think when we become parents, we all share that desire.

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