My desire to lead a healthier life is not only fueled by my intention to live longer for my little man, but also by the fact that he looks up to me as his role model and would most probably imitate the way I lead my life on a daily basis. That is why each year I make an intention to choose healthier alternatives and live a healthier life in the hopes that my little man will be inspired to do the same and carry this throughout his adult life. Of course, I would also love for Jared’s dad to be inspired to be on his toes and stay in good shape and be healthier.
I must admit, opting to live healthier is rather tricky especially when it is easier to succumb to fixing myself a cup of coffee in the morning instead of sitting down to have a proper meal. It is also never easy to choose between a considerable amount of zzzz over pressing work deadlines. That is why I am making a conscious effort to lead a healthier life this year, not only for myself but more so for my family.
Here are a few ways on how I plan to jump-start our healthy journey this year:
- Be On Our Feet ~ we are a bunch of introverts that is why staying at home, lazying on the couch in front of the telly is one of our favorite things to do. But sitting around and living a half-sedentary life is as detrimental to our health as much as unhealthy eating and unhealthy habits, that is why I am making a conscious effort for us to be more on our feet this year and move more in order to be healthy. It can be as simple as stretching while doing house chores or walking or running up and down the stairs in the morning after dropping the little man to school. And since we bought the little one a bigger bike as a Christmas present, we are also including biking in our daily routine. Jared still has a long way before bidding goodbye to his training tyres but he is loving every minute he spends with his bike and is now looking forward to biking in the afternoon. We are also planning to get a bike for the grown ups so the little one’s afternoon biking will be more fun and enjoyable.
- Prepare Healthy Meals ~ a penchant for meat and being a picky eater spells a huge problem for this mum who is not as adept in the kitchen and can only prepare limited dishes. Because my little one only eats a limited number of dishes, I plan to learn to prepare more healthy recipes this year. I also noticed that Jared is now more adventurous to taste new food so I will make the most of it by serving him fruits and vegetables that he has not tried before. Steering away from fast food and serving fresh fruits and veggies as snacks are not only great ways to encourage the little one to eat healthier, they are also practical ways to save up.
- Spend More Time Outdoors ~ getting enough sunshine and more fresh air is not only healthy but is also good at quelling bad moods, so we really intend to spend more time outdoors this year. Apart from jogging, our plan to do more biking goes well with our plan to spend more time in wide open spaces. We have just recently discovered this lovely patch of green fields during one of our biking session and we plan to drop by every time we go out in the afternoon. Communing with nature is not only a worthwhile way of passing time it is also ideal to shoo the stress away.
- Take Vitamins ~ I am not too fond of vitamins and the little man shares my sentiment, but sometimes proper diet and exercise is not enough to keep us healthy. With the unbelievable amount of viruses and bacteria lurking around, we also need a reliable vitamin or supplement to boost our immune system and provide the body with the essential nutrients and minerals it needs to fight off diseases. My go-to vitamins is Conzace because I love that it is a multivitamin that has a number of essentials that I needed to keep a healthy body. It is complete with Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as Zinc that give the body stronger immunity against diseases and infections.
Do you also plan to live healthier this year? How do you intend to go about it?