Better-for-You Family Favorites for a Healthier Routine
Courtesy American Heart Association
Taking time to nurture your health and well-being starts with building healthier habits. This new year, challenge yourself to make small yet consistent choices that help you and your family through transitions at school, the office or wherever your days take you. To help you establish (or re-establish) healthy habits during mealtime and beyond, consider these tips.
Eat Meals Together.
“Making time for meals together as a family provides a chance to connect and decompress,” says nutrition expert Bridget Wojciak and a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative. “In fact, regular meals at home can help reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve feelings of connection.”
Make Time for Yourself.
Chronic stress can have a negative impact on mental and physical health, but turning lost moments – like a meal by yourself spent mindlessly scrolling through social media – into mindful moments can help. Try practicing gratitude at the table by thinking of three things you’re grateful for, or putting your fork down between each bite to savor the flavor and consider the nourishment you’re receiving.
Enjoy the Cooler Temperatures.
Cooler temperatures can make it more enjoyable to take advantage of outdoor exercise, which is a good way to soak in vitamin D to improve your mood and boost immunity. Going for a brisk walk after mealtime (solo or with your pet), jogging, and even cleaning up the yard are examples of activities that count toward the American Heart Association’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.
Visit heart.org/healthyforgood to download more heart-healthy recipes and find more tips for a healthier you in mind, body, and heart.