February is Heart Health Month, which makes it a great time to consider lifestyle changes in order to help prevent heart disease. One of the best -- and hardest -- things you can do as a mom is make time to stay fit. That doesn't mean you have to look like Maria Kang! But it's important to prioritize your own health. As the ad below reminds us all, putting off our own health issues can be a really tragic mistake. My husband and I had our kids relatively late in life, which means I'll be 60 years old when my little guy turns 20. I always say I have to be fit enough to chase him down the street at that age, which is actually a goal. But I'm also aware that the lifestyle choices I make now really can impact on how available I am to my kids as I get older. I will say it's hard to find the time to exercise when some days I just want to find time to organize the art supplies or, you know, sit down and think. Regardless, here are my top three tips for what's helped me over the last few years:
- Get your partner on board.
- Make exercise time really feel like your time - I listen to podcasts, or audiobooks I download from my public library.
- Track the time you spend, or steps (I actually have a FitBit, which I love) so that you can see when you're getting off track