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Finding Time to Workout While Living The Mom Life

Are you struggling to find time to lose the last few pounds of baby weight? Is it hard to run behind your kids without huffing n puffing??? Looking forward to fitting into an outfit you have been eyeing for your dear ones wedding??

As a mom it is your challenging yet fulfilling duty to teach, nourish and protect your children.

However, the world’s most important job could leave you no time for taking care of yourself.

It is important to remember that fitness is a process and journey. The fruits of this labor will be reflected in many aspects of your life.

With the above line in mind make a plan to incorporate an exercise routine that can fit into your daily schedule (p.s: crazy hectic one already)

HOME GYM: Workout does not have to involve a fancy gym membership or too much preparation. Create a gym at home with some basic equipment for yourself. A yoga mat, jump rope, light weight dumbbells, etc. In between cooking, cleaning, homework and a zillion other things at home it becomes easy to fit in even a brief workout early or late in the day.

MOM FRIENDS: Start a group with mom’s who are in the boat as you and are looking to find motivation. Meet along with kids or when they are away at school to have a quick workout session at one of your homes and turn it into a health tips session [Don’t we all love some girl time 😉 ] Fitness DVD’s could be very helpful for a home work out or a session with a group.

FUN WITH THE FAMILY: Make workouts part of a family activity. Go for a jog, play a game that involves a physical activity, stroll around the mall, or do a cleanup session at home that gives you a healthy body and a clean home [Win Win]. Involving kids in your workouts helps you spend quality time with them and teaches them the importance of staying in shape and healthy from a young age.

FOOD FOOD: We all know what is good for us and what is not. The hardest part is making the healthy choice – eating more fruits, vegetables, lean meats while avoiding excess sugars and processed foods.

It’s possible to follow a healthy eating pattern with some time and commitment. You will be surprised when you start craving healthy foods.

PREP FOR GOOD HEALTH- Stock your fridge and pantry with all the good, healthy options. Have healthy snacks handy when hunger pangs strike. Do your research on cooking with low fat, low sugar, and less carbohydrates.

And it is always a good idea to allow yourself an occasional cheat day and mindfully indulge into your favorite cravings.

PREP IS EVERYTHING

Finding time to exercise and make healthy meals is an exercise in time-management

RIGHT MINDSET

If you’re not sure of any specific reasons to refer back to, remember that as a mother you’re a prime example to your family to eat healthily and exercise regularly. Share this wisdom to young impressionable minds.

More POWER to THE MOM in you!!!!

Do share your special tips for leading a healthy mom life………

[P.S Sharing is Caring]

Find more workout inspiration from one of our older blog post.

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The Celebration of Love – One Day at a Time

Welcome to the “Month of Love & Happiness”. Even though we do not need a special day to express our love to those we care for, in this busy day and age its helpful to have a dedicated day to make us pause, think, and reset priorities.

I Love my Mom                                      I Love my Kids                                   I Love my Family

If Love is on your heart, let those people know. Our time here is a limited commodity, and regrets cause stress. Little things can be the most meaningful and build loving memories.

  • Spend those extra few minutes to have breakfast with your kids
  • Send a mid-noon message to check on your wife/husband
  • Visit your parents on a day they are not expecting you
  • Give the gift of time to your loved ones by sharing chores

In fact, a loving relationship with a spouse or good friends is good for your health! Studies have shown that:

  • It reduces stress. We all know the many benefits of reducing stress in your life – a boosted immune system, improve mental health, lower blood pressure, and helps beat depression.
  • It will help you live longer. Happily married couples and families have practical and financial support, are generally happier and less prone to risky or damaging behavior (like drinking or drugs).
  • In general you’ll sleep better and be happier!

Do the things that make you happy, it’s sure to reflect on your face and show your feelings to your loved ones.

This February, show your love – and love being loved – for better health and a better life!

 

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ARE YOU FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR RESOLUTIONS????

We’re already a month into 2017. We thought it’s a good time to look back on our New Year Resolutions.

If you are anything like the majority of us, you must have made a New Year Resolution or two with a hope to better your health and lifestyle.

Are you on track with your goals? Do you need motivation to keep up? Or maybe simply tweak a few things to make them more realistic and achievable?

  • Firstly be PATIENT. As the saying goes “slow & steady wins the race”. Remember this is only the beginning of February and you might not see big results right away. But hang in there as long as you are working towards your goal 🙂
  • Measure your progress: In order to understand if you are on the right path to reach your goal, you need to measure it.

You are not able to measure your progress???

Work on tweaking your goals to be more SPECIFIC & MEASURABLE

For example: If you plan to lose 10kgs in 2017, divide it by 1kg/month or 2kgs/month for the first 3 months and ½ kg or so for the later months. This helps you not get overwhelmed by a big target number.

  • Share your goal with a motivator: Be it a friend or family member who could remind or check on you with your progress. It is easy to break a promise to yourself but not to a loved one.
  • Get professional help (if needed): If you see any roadblocks in getting to your goal, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Many times we fail to recognize the depth of the problem. A professional can assess your case and come up with the fitting and doable solution.

For example: If you are not able to lose weight despite having started all the right eating habits and exercise, there could be a deeper problem with your body. Take a consultation with a doctor to make sure nothing is happening in your body that could be stopping you from losing weight. At Florida Home Care, we work towards simplifying these problems with free consultations and in house help.

  • Make a schedule: It is most times a no fail method. We always schedule kid’s school activities, holidays, special plans, and we stick to it because it’s on the schedule. Make your goal a priority like your kids and you are bound to get to it.
  • Any effort is better than no effort. Lastly, do not get discouraged by any surprise changes. If you fall off your schedule for any reason, just try and get back in the swing of things. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it at the end. If you plan to give your goal 1 hr a day but find you just can’t make that time, try making it at least 15 minutes a day. Efforts like this will make a world of a difference to help you reach your goal and make 2017 one of the best years for you!!!

We at Florida Home Care share the passion for making a difference in your life in every possible way

-Child care while you work towards your dream

-Take care of the adults at home if you need to be away

-Therapists and Doctors

-Highly skilled nurses

Success is calling you… Leave the stress to us!!!

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Importance of Companionship

Importance of Companionship

Staying mentally fit and engaged can be challenging at any age. For the elderly, it can be especially difficult to stay active and motivated. Think about it, contemporaries and loved ones are starting to pass away and old age is having its effect on being able to move about easily and even to drive. This can be a particularly hard time if the person is living alone.

Feeling lonely and isolated can have a very negative impact on a person’s health, both mentally and physically. We have all had those moments where we have felt the pain and dread of being so alone. Family and friends visits can help, but they are often a perfunctory visit, or one done because the relative feels obligated. There can also be time constraints with work and other activities, or distance that makes frequent visits from family difficult.

There are some things that can be done to encourage continued social engagement and activities to help an elderly person stay active and interested.

  • Trips to a Senior Center or Elder Day Care can give the person a chance to participate in organized activities and associate with peers.
  • Having a Social Companion come in a few times a week. These warm hearted caregivers can help with errands, play games, or assist with routine home activities. Often someone who provides Social Companionship is younger, so it can be a more interesting.
  • Encourage them to volunteer. Some local hospitals look for volunteer grandparents for sick children. Or maybe helping out at a soup kitchen or charitable organization is more interesting.
  • Learn a new craft, language, or skill. Learning more about computers, or taking their lifelong interest in woodworking to the next level, can keep their mind sharp.

Companionship is so important to all humans of any age, and especially for those approaching their later years. Studies have shown that companionship keeps the mind sharp, boosts immunity, and helps physical strength and agility. It is an important aspect of life, and one we should share with each other while we can.

 

“The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.”  – Isaac D’Israeli

 

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How to Prepare Yourself and Your Home for Home Care

 

How to Prepare Yourself and Your Home for Home Care – Florida Home Care

There may be times when you or a loved one needs a little more help than expected. It may be because of an illness, surgery, or an unexpected emergency. Handling medical issues can be stressful to begin with. Add to that having someone coming in to your home to provide that extra care or therapy can add to that pressure. It takes some planning and thought, but having someone come in to your home and help can be a smooth transition and help relieve that stress.

Plan Out Your Questions – then Ask Them – Write down all of the questions you can think of regarding the need for home care. You’ll need this as you talk to the doctors, but also as you talk to your insurance company to see what is covered.  Questions might include: Is care needed around the clock, or just at certain times? What will the caregiver be required to do (give treatments or therapy, monitor equipment, change dressings, etc.)? How long will the person need to come to my house?

While in the hospital, talk to the doctor, nurses, and even discharge managers to get your questions answered. The more information you have, the better able you’ll be to prepare for home care. If you aren’t able to, make sure you have a relative or close friend that can be your voice and get you the information you need.

Look at Your Home – Once you have the details, you’ll better be able to look at your home environment and prepare for you, your loved one, and the care giver. If the patient is going to be in bed, you’ll be able to clear out some room to allow for any equipment that may be needed. If the person being cared for is more mobile, an area for therapy can be prepared. Talking to your Patient Care Coordinator will help you know the scope of the care and what is needed at your home.

Understand the Home Care Givers Role – It’s important to keep in mind why this person is in your home. They are there for therapy, treatments, etc. and to tend to the patient. Since they are in your home so often, you may ask them to do something without even realizing it (watch the dog, grab the laundry). Don’t be offended if they politely decline. Their sole purpose is to support the health of their patient.

Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness

  • Roll May, psychologist

Gathering as much knowledge as possible before hand will help make it easier to prepare for home care. Realizing that everyone is working towards the same goal – helping the patient – will ease some of the stress and make your experience with the care giver be more successful.

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