Have a good holiday this year and feel like it’s time to get back on track? Here are five simple things you can do TODAY to get back on track and kick-start your journey to health and get back on track for the new year!
Welcome to the New Year! I don’t know about you, but the new year (and often the start of school) always makes me feel re-invigorated and inspired to get back on track to attaining my healthy living goals. My main goal is just to be fit and healthy and able to keep up with my family. (Secondary goal is to look good in my jeans. ) I also feel its so important to set a healthy example for my children.
I want to stay on track and live a healthy lifestyle for me, but I also think it’s important to show my children what “living a healthy lifestyle” means. From getting outside and being active instead of watching tv or playing on tablets all day to choosing healthy food and snacks over sugar laden, fried and processed foods.
Getting fit and healthy is a very common resolution for the coming year, almost everyone wants to get in shape and start fresh. The problem is, not everyone has a plan. In case you need a little help getting started, here are five simple things you can do TODAY to kick-start your journey to health.
1. Get rid of the holiday leftovers and treats and stock up on healthy snacks.
In my experience, keeping holiday leftovers around makes it way too difficult to say no to treats. If you can’t bear to throw them out, I recommend getting them out of the house by sending them to the office or sharing with friends.
Stock your fridge with fresh fruits and veggies and your pantry with your favorite convenient and healthy snacks like popcorn. (Research has shown that microwave popcorn like Orville Redenbacher’s Naturals Simply Salted or SmartPop® leaves snackers feeling more satisfied and fuller than the same 100-calorie portion of other snacks like bars, almonds or pretzels.)
One of the best ways to get the kids to make healthier choices when it comes to snacking is to get them involved! We love our popcorn straight out of the bag, but the kids love to choose “mix-ins” for their own custom treat. (nuts, chocolate bits, dried fruit, cereal, spices – whatever we have on hand.)
2. Catch up on sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for your overall health, plus research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to overeating and the inability to resist unhealthy foods and snacks.
3. Drink more water.
Pretty much everyone can do this one and it really is not all that hard. In fact, drinking water becomes quite fun once you acquire a taste for it. Commit to drinking more water and less soda, soft drinks and alcohol and your health profile will improve dramatically.
4. Add exercise to your routine.
A good goal is to aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This might mean different things to different people, but committing to some kind of physical activity, even moderate exercise activities like walking (aim for at least 7000 steps a day), gardening, and housework count and will lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
5 Reduce your worst habit by at least half.
Smoking, drinking, eating out – whatever you deem your worst habit to be, cut your intake in half at a minimum. If you can quit altogether, even better! Whatever your bad habit, make a commitment to at least trimming it in half.
These are simple concepts but they are highly effective and doable. Find one that works and make it count!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orville Redenbacher’s microwave popcorn.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.