TEN Ways to Boost a Healthy Lifestyle with Easy Swaps

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TEN Ways to Boost a Healthy Lifestyle with Easy Swaps

As we try to lead healthier lives there are many easy things we can do to help improve our diet and fitness.  Not everything has to be a struggle!  Simply by retaining our basic choices and activities we take for granted and making some easy swaps, we can start heading down the road to more healthy, fit and happy lives.  Here are just ten suggestions of easy ways to make that happen:

1.  Don’t just watch your kids at playground – get up and PLAY!  You know that just running around after them is exercise enough (and pushing them on the swing can work out your arms), but if they are doing their own thing, you can do your own exercises by climbing stairs,


2.  Do you work in an office?  If so, quit emailing your co-workers for every little thing or picking up the phone.  Instead, pick up your FEET and walk down the hall to speak in person.  Not only is it good exercise, it can help build relationships too.

3.  Speaking of the phone, when talking on the phone at home, don’t just sit there and gab. It’s not like the olden days when we were chained down by a phone cord!  Take that phone and walk around the house or yard, or get even more physical and do some lunges or squats while talking.

4.  Do you love your breads and pasta?  Make an easy switch by swapping out white bread, rolls and pasta with whole grains.  The fiber will help your body and also keep you feeling full longer.

5.  If you have kids in sports and spend a lot of time at their games – get off the bleachers!  Instead of just watching your kids’ games from the stands, get up and walk around the outside of the field while watching.  Or, better yet, if volunteers are needed, get in there and coach!


6.  A great parking spot isn’t always a good thing – especially if you are trying to be more healthy and increase your activity.  Swap out that convenient close parking spot for one that’s far away.  You’ll get in an extra walk both on your way in and again on your way out.

7.  Make family fun night a family activity night.  Swap out your standard movie night for bowling night, a bike ride, swimming at a local pool, etc.  These activities not only let you be more active, but you’re not sitting quietly absorbed in a movie – you’re actually talking to each other and having fun!

8.  You can swap out a strict breakfast, lunch and dinner meal schedule for a series of smaller meals spread out throughout the day.  That way you end up eating the same number of calories, but you feel full longer and you keep your metabolism running.

9.  Do you always do the same type of exercise?  Walking or jogging every day is great, but by switching things up with a fun exercise class or exercise video you can work different parts of your body and  also prevent yourself from getting so bored with exercise that you skip it all together.

10.  Swap out your favorite high calorie foods for lighter options.  For many of us, we end up drinking our calories in juices and sodas – mainly because they taste so good!  But, what if you could have that same full flavor, but with only TEN calories?  That’s what you get with the Four Ten Calorie DPSG products  including 7UP, Sunkist A&W and Canada Dry!

Ready to try TEN beverages yourself?  Head on over to the Walmart web site and print a coupon! Coupon is available while supplies last through April 17.

Canada Dry 10

While TEN beverages taste great all on their own because of their FULL flavor even though there are only ten calories, we also like to use it to make other fun drinks!  One option that even helps you sneak a little extra fruit into your day is this Berry Ginger Soda Recipe featuring Canada Dry . – great option for a FULL FLAVOR beverage. It may be less calories, but the FULL FLAVOR means you’re not sacrificing taste!  I headed to Walmart to pick up my own TEN beverages to make this yummy recipe

Berry Ginger Soda

2 cups frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp sugar
Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale

Mix the sugar with the frozen berries in a small bowl. Microwave until starting to soften. Place berry mixture in blender and pulse until a puree forms with a few large chunks of berry remaining. To serve, put ice cubes in a glass. Add a big scoop of berry puree. Fill glass with Canada Dry TEN Ginger Ale, stir and serve!

For more information on the Four Ten Calorie DPSG products, visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

What swaps have YOU made to be more healthy?

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  1. I am all for cutting calories where ever I can! I love the idea of 10 calorie soda!

  2. I always park farther from the door of a store, but especially because there are less cars that far out. That way, no one can hit my car! I prefer diet Sprite to any other soda.

  3. Great ideas to achieve a healthier lifestyle! I especially love your tip to play with your kids at the playground!

  4. I’ve been seeing a lot of these beverages around lately. They seem like a great way to keep my favorite soda flavors but with less calories. Thanks!

  5. Great ideas! I definitely get up and move with my kids!

  6. I’ve swapped out breasts and pasta for whole grain alternatives. Also, 95% of the beverages I drink is just water, but I do flavor it with a light-calorie Crystal Light every now and then, just so I don’t get bored. I need to get up more and move when home, especially during work!

  7. Such great tips! I definitely could move a lot more! Love the drink recipe too.

  8. These are all fantastic tips! I love the one about walking while you talk on the phone, that’s brilliant. Using the time we have while we wait for our kids to finish sports practice is a fantastic tip too.

  9. We always park super far. Or try to. And I’ve actually walked while my oldest was at soccer. I need to remember to
    Do that

  10. These are great! I agree with not just watching and playing!!

  11. There are some great ideas to get healthier here! I don’t drink soda because of all the chemicals and artificial ingredients in them.

  12. That drink looks super tasty.

    And, for some reason, I always pace around when I’m on the phone!

  13. Love these new 10 calorie drinks! I definitely need to make the switch to whole grains, I know it would be so much better for me.

  14. These are such great ideas! Thanks for the yummy recipe…so refreshing!

  15. Great tips on getting healthier! I love the berries idea too, will have to use that one.

  16. These are some great tips for healthier swaps. Thanks for sharing.

  17. i gave up soda long ago but that ginger ale looks tasty. great tips for increasing activity

  18. That drink looks delicious! I wish I had one right now!

  19. These are great tips. I haven’t tried the TEN products yet but am looking forward to it.

  20. Great tips. Love the swap ideas.

  21. We just got the Sunkist TEN. Delish! I agree with playing with your kids vs. watching!

  22. savvysavingcouple@gmail.com' Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love taking my nightly walks!! I can’t wait until it’s warmer out for park play dates!!

  23. i swapped sitting in the car for walking at my sons lacrosse this week. it feels great

  24. Your tips are excellent. I do try to park further away like that to get a few extra steps in there.

  25. I love example #3. I should really start taking walks during conference calls.

  26. I always get up and play with my little one at the park. His 15yr old sister does too, and his brothers (21 and 26) jump right in there too, if they’re home visiting.

  27. I love your list! As a mom it is easy to forget to get up and move with our kids at the park and the ballgame. Thanks for the reminder!

  28. I love your ideas – and I have yet to try the new 10 calorie pop (yes I’m from Ohio it’s pop not soda lol) But I’ve heard great things about it. I will have to give it a try.

    • We call it pop in Minnesota too! (But I lived in NJ for 15 years and got into the habit of calling it soda.)

  29. Those are great swaps. Just a little movement helps lose weight!

  30. I would love to not send emails to my co-workers but they insist! I love TEN products. Tasty and low calorie!

  31. I suppose that since I work virtually, I can’t eliminate emails 🙂 Sometimes, to break up the day, I do stand up and email that way for a bit! Taking your kids to the playground and playing with them is always a win-win– everyone gets excercise!

  32. These are great tips. I try to do the smaller meals instead of 3 big ones.

  33. I love Canada Dry and I’m definitely going to start mixing fruit in it to make some different yummy beverages! I like your tips too, I need to try a few myself.

  34. These are some great swaps to get you down. I especially love the suggestions on how to move more. I didn’t think about the playing as exercise even though I do a lot since my kids are still young. I have tried the 10 products and I think I was so/so. I might give them another shot soon.

  35. I like your tip on getting off the bench and playing with your kids. I do it and I never realized just how hard kids play. I can’t keep up with them sometimes.

  36. These are all great tips. I loved the one about playing vs sitting and watching.

  37. Great ideas! When I worked in an office, I made sure to walk whenever I possibly could!

  38. This sounds so good, thank you for posting.

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