When I was in high school and college, I lived a fairly reckless life. At the time I believed everything would be fine, but in retrospect, I’m very lucky that nothing bad happened to me.
Now that I have kids, I look at life very differently.
Whether it’s the rides I’m willing to go on at the state fair, the foods I put into my mouth, or how carefully I drive my car, my life is on my mind. I make different decisions now because I’m important to my kids. And I want to be around them for every single day possible.
The moments I get to spend with my children are precious – to me and to them. They are the moments that make life worth living, so I’m determined to live a healthier, longer life to be able to experience more of them.
Since February is American Heart month, it’s a great time to consider how I’ve been living my life. I’ve done a lot to improve my health over the past few months by exercising more regularly and eating healthier foods, but would like to continue making better choices. I want to have as much time as possible with my family, so I’m more motivated than ever.
The American Heart Association wants us all to be able to experience more of life’s precious moments. To help us have more of those special times with our loved ones, the American Heart Association encourages us to make healthier choices every day.
Moms are often the center of the family and have the power to affect real change in the lives of their spouses, their children, and sometimes even their aging parents. It’s important for moms to make good choices that can affect the heart and brain health of everyone in the family.
Some great ways to impact better heart and brain health include:
• Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables
• Increasing physical activity
• Decreasing consumption of sodium
• Decreasing consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages
• Routinely check and control blood pressure
The American Heart Association has lots of great resources for healthy living – including recipes, healthy tips and tricks for moms, and info on heart and brain health.
What are your reasons to live a healthier, longer life?
Join the “Life is Why” campaign and share your why. Everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. What’s yours?