This post brought to you by American Heart Association. The content and opinions expressed below are that of A Pinch of Healthy.
One of the things that helps me to stay motivated to live a healthy life is to have a reason why. I have a LOT of reasons, actually, but the biggest reason is to enjoy life with my family.
Health is extremely valuable to me because it affects every other area of my life. My family, my quality of life, my career, confidence…health affects SO much.
I want to be able to experience and savor life’s precious moments. And to do that, I must be healthy in heart and mind. As the American Heart Association inspires us to remember, the heart is where life’s moments are felt most, and the mind is where we relive them again and again.
We know this firsthand, since we just welcomed our second child in January – our daughter Mallory.
I have loved experiencing firsts with her! And I want to be around a lot longer to enjoy life’s moments – big and small – with my family.
While there are a lot of health issues that we have less control over, there are many things within our power that we can do to improve and maintain good health, and reduce our risk for heart disease and stroke.
Moms in particular need to realize that we have the power to affect real change in both ourselves and in our families. We are caregivers and we are at the center of the family. We are often in charge of making the daily decisions that have the potential to keep our families healthier and happier.
Whether you are a mom or not, there are 7 small steps to big changes that we can ALL do to have better heart and brain health, it’s known as Life’s Simple 7:
- Eating better and increasing fruits and veggies
- Reduce Blood Sugar
- Get Active
- Lose Weight
- Control Cholesterol
- Check and control our blood pressure
- And if you smoke, quit
I am joining the movement toward a healthier, longer life, and Life Is Why. For me, my family is why and I encourage all of you to find your motivation to living a healthier, longer life and share your reason why! I’d love to hear about your “why” in a comment below.
One way to share your why is to use the photo editor (on the link above) to create an image that expresses your why. Share your image on social media to encourage others to find their motivation too.
There are a lot of resources available from American Heart Association to make healthy living possible on Heart.org and their Pinterest boards. Their Pinterest account is full of great ideas, recipes and healthy tips.
I especially love their produce guide infographic! Here is a link to the pin. This is so great because we all know that healthy groceries can seem pricey. One way we save money on our grocery bill in our family is to shop seasonally with your produce, whether that be at a farmers market or grocery store. Foods that are in season tend to be fresher, less expensive and more local. So I really love the chart in their pin to help give a visual aid and quick reference guide to what is in season.
The American Heart Association website, Heart.org has a ton of great resources as well. The kids section has lots of great tips for guiding our kids to make healthier choices, including tips for dealing with picky eaters and cooking with kids, which I especially love.
My oldest child has already expressed an interest in cooking. I personally believe that teaching kids to cook is one of the single greatest tools we can put in their toolkit for good health.
I’d love to hear from y’all. What is your “why” for wanting to get healthy and/or stay healthy? Leave a comment!