We live in a world in which many women feel like slaves to their scales, but for me, watching my weight is more about being able to live a healthier lifestyle than looking a certain way. Ever since I became a mother, my health is more important than ever, because I want to be well to be able to take care of my family.
Every single day there are so many moments in which we can choose whether to be healthier or not. It’s not just a matter of making smart choices when eating, but also considering our physical activity levels and how well we are taking care of ourselves. The truth is that women are known to be great caretakers but when it’s time to take care of themselves, many fail miserably. That’s why I think it’s so important to be informed about how risky it is to not take care of our health or try to make healthier choices.
Now there’s a new bilingual tool that will help you say goodbye to your excuses. The American Heart Association has a site in English and Spanish that’s totally free. Language is not a problem since you can pick whether your prefer the information in Spanish or English and the articles are very easy to understand. Check it out by clicking on Vida Saludable and learn how to stay healthy.
Hispanics have a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes, so prevention is extremely important. You may not be able to change your genes but if you learn how to take care of yourself, you might avoid serious complications to your health.
3 steps for healthy living
You can commit to being healthier; it’s not as complicated as it seems. Here’s how to be healthier:
- Do a yearly medical checkup. If you can’t remember the last time you went to the doctor, it’s been too long.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you have gained a few pounds, try to lose them now, before they start creeping up on you and it becomes overwhelming to lose that extra weight.
- Begin doing more exercise, even if you start out at 15 minutes a day. Take a walk with your kids, chase them at the park, ride your bike, swim, take a Zumba class… anything to get your heart rate moving!
The power to lead a healthier life is in you, and the strongest motivator is in your children’s gaze.
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign to raise awareness about the bilingual site Vida Saludable from the American Heart Association. Although I was compensated for it, I strongly believe we all need to lead healthier lives.