I decided last Christmas that I had to lose weight, watch my cholesterol (at my last physical it was borderline), get healthier, and live a better example for my son. No more excuses. All moms are busy, I had to quit using that as my excuse.
I’m too busy to do this. I’m too busy to do that. I can’t do that, I’m too…. busy. You get the picture. Maybe you even make the same excuses?
I still find myself trying to make excuses from time to time, but since December 26, 2014, I’ve lost 30 pounds. I would like to lose 10 more pounds, but I feel good knowing I’m living a healthier lifestyle.
If you are a busy mom (or dad) be sure to check out America’s ‘Biggest Health Fair’ at Walmart on October 10th. Walmart wants to help all of us busy people out and it only takes 10 minutes or less. You know you can spare 10 minutes, right?
Here are 10 healthy lifestyle hacks for busy moms that I’ve incorporated into my life that have made a big difference:
Make Walking a Habit
It’s great to find a good exercise routine you like or to join the gym, or a group class, but the most important thing you can do for yourself when it comes to exercise is… walk.
The best part about walking is that it doesn’t have to cost you anything. You don’t have to join the gym, you can walk in your neighborhood, meet up with friends and walk at a local park, or walk on a treadmill if you have one. And like me, if you’re pressed for time, walk for just 10 minutes 3 times a day. The important thing is to be consistent and to walk at least 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week.
Take “Me” Time
Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day, take time out of your day just for you. Read a good book, do yoga, meditate, do your nails… just make sure it’s all about YOU. I say all the time that you have to take care of yourself first so you can give your best to others.
Let the Music Move You
Listen to music. Any and every chance you get. Music improves performance and increases motivation. It can help you to relax or give you energy. Music is great for your mood. Even if you take 10 minutes out of your day to listen to music, I think you’ll find it will help your overall mind, body, and spirit.
I’ve been thinking about doing a standing desk. With my job, I sit a lot. Too much sometimes, and research shows that prolonged sitting is not good for us. It leads to increased obesity, chronic pain (my back and neck can attest to this), and poor posture. So if you find yourself sitting a lot, stand up every hour or so and stretch or walk around for about 10 minutes before sitting back down to work.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
I challenge you to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do at least once a month. I admit, I have to challenge myself because I don’t like getting out of my comfort zone. But I think it’s important for an overall healthy well-being. It’s good for your spirit.
It could be something like signing up to run a race when you’ve never even run before or one I’m working on for this month, vlogging. I don’t like the way I sound on video, but I really want to do it. Maybe you want to change careers or go bungee jumping. Whatever it is that would make you leave your comfort zone, do it!
Track Your Food
I find that if I track everything I eat and drink, I have a much better chance of staying within my calories a day. It’s just too easy to forget something you’ve eaten, especially if you just take a bite or two… and drinks can easily add up your calories but easy to forget because we don’t tend to think of things we drink as having calories. There are so many great apps out there that will allow you to track your calories and it is worth your time. But old fashion pencil and paper will work just fine.
Choose a Small Plate
You will eat about 20 percent fewer calories if you eat on smaller plates. Maybe it’s tricking our brains, I’m not sure, but I know it works. I especially choose smaller plates when I go to parties or events where food is served. Make a conscious choice to choose a small plate and it will become a habit.
Replace Dessert for Fruit
Do you have to have dessert after you eat dinner? I do, too. Now there’s nothing at wrong with a little dark chocolate every day if you want it, but if you find yourself wanting a high-calorie dessert after dinner, try replacing it with some fresh fruit. You’ll get the natural sugars with far fewer calories.
You can buy fresh fruit already cut up so you will always have something quick to grab saving you time, too.
Okay, this is my biggest challenge, but I am determined to get better, and more sleep. I made a plan where I would start going to bed 10 minutes earlier each week until I’m getting about 8 hours of sleep a night. I generally get 6-hours if I’m lucky. This will be a good goal and 10 minutes a week will be doable. Getting plenty of sleep is so important for good health.
Challenge Your Brain
Take the time every day to do a crossword puzzle, a Sudoku puzzle, an app that challenges you on your phone, or even a jigsaw puzzle. The point is to keep your mind fresh and sharp. It will help your memory (and as a mom, who couldn’t use that?).
There you have it, 10 healthy lifestyle hacks anyone can do, even us busy moms. It doesn’t take too much time to incorporate #Just10 healthy things into your day to be a better YOU! Most of the hacks above can be done in only 10 minutes or in increments of 10 minutes throughout your day.
What I’m trying to say is… it’s not difficult to take #Just10 minutes of your time to make a positive and healthy lifestyle change!
On 10/10 stop by a Walmart that has a pharmacy, where over 4,000 Walmart stores will be participating in America’s Biggest Health Fair and in about 10 minutes you can have blood glucose, blood pressure, and vision screenings, as well as immunizations administered FREE. That’s 10 minutes everyone can spare! Visit Walmart.com/healthcare.