And just like that February is creeping up on us and we’re wondering how the first month of the new decade has flown by so quickly. There’s nothing like that optimistic, fresh start to a new year feeling that keeps you motivated and inspired through the first quarter. You’ve found the perfect planner with all the addictively cute stickers to manage everyone’s day-to-day and created that statement-making vision board to help manifest your wildest dreams into realities, but have you made any actual resolutions for 2020?
Three weeks in and we’re trying to find that sweet spot between the pressures of parenting and our own personal wellness, can you relate? This New Year, more than 60% of women around the country say they’re throwing conventional thinking out the door by choosing not to make a resolution, according to a Truvia® sweetener survey. As busy parents know, keeping up a regular health and wellness routine is seemingly impossible, but a new survey reveals that you may be doing it right without even thinking about it.
Earlier this month Truvia introduced the Tru To You: Real Life Wellness pop-up in New York City where the brand reimagined the ultimate symbol of resolution season – the gym. Over the weekend visitors experienced everything from work-life balance-inspired yoga to a Smooth(ie) Operator station featuring blended, reduced-sugar treats.
Parenting & Wellness
As 4 busy moms with 10 kids between us, ranging in ages from infant to 16 you can imagine that it gets pretty tough to squeeze in that barre class or meditation session in between drops offs, the 9-5 job, multiple hustles, and all the extra-curricular activities that we schlepp our kids to. We often credit our FB group chat to keeping us mentally sane as we navigate parenthood and married life and fully understand the need to commit to our own version of self-care. Managing to get our tribe in the same space is a rarity and even with the best of intentions, we couldn’t make it work this time around as Val ended up on mama duty, with her kids who’d fallen under the weather.
According to a recent Truvia sweetener survey*, 90% of women agree with the following statement: “I’m doing it right if my kids make it out the door to school on time.” But while the kids may be on time, parents constantly struggle to find time for themselves, with nearly 65% of women saying that finding time to workout is more stressful than actually working out and 58% of women agreeing that running around with their kids is a better workout than taking a spin class.
So what do these perceptions on parenting tell us about what wellness really looks like? This very question inspired Truvia to survey women across the country to get to the true meaning of wellness. As a part of the new “Yeah. You’re doing it right.” campaign, the Truvia brand asked 1,000 women ages 25-65 how they define wellness and the results are clear: there isn’t one “right” way to do wellness. Let’s be honest, we’re all lucky if we can remember to actually eat healthy meals throughout the day, let alone actually work out!
With more than 65% of women saying that finding time to work out is more stressful than actually working out – sometimes the best wellness hack is looking outside the gym:
· Class is out of session: Nearly 3 in 5 moms say they get a better workout running after their kids than in a spin class.
· Core – we mean chore – workout: Over 80% say that household chores count as cardio.
Wouldn’t it be dope if we could hop on our indoor bike and blend our breakfast smoothie all at once with each push of the pedal? Somebody tell Peloton they need to create this ASAP!
New Year, New Resolutions
It’s almost like we’re setting ourselves up for failure if we jump into the beginning of a new year thinking all of our poor diet habits are going to just fly out the door. It’s more realistic to try to gradually make changes and find ways to incorporate healthier alternatives into your meal planning. And cut yourself some slack, there’s really no need to feel guilty over the 1 or 2 cocktails at happy hour or the delish muffin for breakfast – especially if they’re made with Truvia.
More importantly, just eat sis! Some of us just aren’t making time to fuel our bodies as is. There have been plenty of days where we’ve been so grateful to have one of our kids’ snacks stashed away in our bag and ya know we make sure they eat better than we do!
60% of women prescribe to the mantra, “everything in moderation, including moderation,” especially when it comes to their diet:
· A slice of heaven: 71% agree veggie pizza should always count as a serving of vegetables.
· Reshaping the food pyramid: Over 70% say they’d choose to replace one of the five basic food groups with an indulgence like baked goods, caffeine, or alcohol.
Where some of us may need that first cup of jo or chai tea to jump-start the day, others may need to take 10 minutes just to meditate in the shower. Wellness is also about finding balance and headspace:
· A daily cup of Zen: More than 80% say their first sip of coffee or tea in the morning is their daily moment of Zen.
· Early mornings for the win: Nearly all moms (90%) say they’re “doing it right” if they can get their kids out the door to school on time.
Let’s continue to find the balance and leave the pressure behind us, there is no better time than now to reimagine how we think about wellness.