Friday, March 21, 2014

Who inspires you to be healthy?

I've written a couple of times about my struggle with exercising. I know I should move around a bit, I know my body needs the movement to stay strong and fit. There was the time I tried to start running and it didn't really work, then that time where we took dance classes for a semester but it was more fun than exercise.  I have yet to write about how I had big plans on taking pregnancy yoga lessons and never had the courage to actually move off the couch and head to the gym. So when the American Recall Center contacted me to ask if I would be willing to write a post for their 'Who keeps you healthy?' campaign I decided to participate.

The idea is to talk about our “Health Heroes”, those who keep us healthy: your gym buddy who motivates you to show up every day, your dog who requires to be walked and keeps you active, a loved one who needs you in their lives for a long time, your kids who keep you young and playful.

I had to think long and hard to find my health hero. I kind of have us covered on the eating healthy part of the equation. I enjoy cooking and I research and try to choose the best ingredients, to find new ways to incorporate vegetables every day, to make sure our diet is varied, starting with breakfast. Like I've said, exercising is the mountain. But I want to be able to continue walking the cities of the World... and age affects us all. I was thinking all these things when it came to me, my health heroes.

There are two people in my life, a dear uncle and my father in law who are both aged 65+ and are the healthiest, fittest people I know. They go on long walks and hikes and if you see them moving you wouldn't know their age. They climb mountains and hills, they get groceries up and down steep streets every day, twice a day. When I think (yet another time) about starting some kind of exercise routine I think of them and I think of our future, older selves and I get the motivation I need.

Who are your health heroes? What inspires you to be healthy? Are you succeeding at it? Any tips?
This is a non-sponsored post written for the "Who keeps you healthy campaign" of the American Recall Center, a site devoted to providing health and wellness news in simple, straightforward terms, to help readers take complete charge of their health by being fully informed. 


  1. My Dad is quite fit and active. I suppose he's the one who inspires me most to be healthy. But mostly, I do it for myself. So I can always feel confident in my body. When I exercise it's equally good for my mind as for my body. Hopefully I can keep it up after baby arrives!

    1. Yes, that's it, what's the saying? "Mens sana in corpore sano?-" (A healthy mind in a healthy body?). So far, as MaFer said below, walking with the stroller has been working. But I want to start a living-room workout routine (that I kind of had through pregnancy) and I still haven't had the time or discipline.

  2. Mi ex-taalcoach se ríe cuando me pregunta qué días voy al gym y yo le respondo "cuando tengo ganas". Creo que esa espontaneidad latina no la entiende un holandés común. Hacer ejercicios para ellos es una cosa de rutina y ya sabes tu cómo somos los latinos con la rutina.
    Realmente pocos me inspiran para vivir una vida saludable, más bien yo lo hago por cuenta propia. Quizá porque me da miedo llegar a vieja arrugada e inútil, trato de adoptar buenos hábitos (como no comprar chips en el mercado semanal!). Pero supongo que no serán nunca lo suficiente para ganarle la batalla a la vejez. Habrá que juntarse más con Madonna!


    1. Jajaja "Cuando tengo ganas", sí el problema es que yo nunca tengo ganas.
      Pero tienes razón, la motivación es esa, ser saludable ahora y mantener bien el engranaje en movimiento para disfutar de la vida más tarde!

  3. Saliendo a caminar con tu chiquitica en el cochesito es muy buen ejercicio, tomar el sol y es relajante, por fortuna según lo que he visto en tus fotos eres delgada así que seria mas por salud que por necesidad de bajar de peso.

    1. Gracias! Sí, hemos estado saliendo diario a caminar, aprovechando el clima y el sol. Y sí, lo del ejercicio es por tema de condición física sobretodo... tiendo a ser sedentaria y nunca me gustaron los deportes...


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