Lots of men and women everywhere complain that their physique and healthy lifestyle ended when they had children. No parent would ever prioritize themselves over the needs of their children. But surely there must be a way to take care of them and you in those few hours we have each day? It’s not easy, and there will always be sacrifices to make when you’re a mom. Thankfully, there are plenty of ideas out there that can work for you when you find you’re too busy for a workout.
Parenting is tiring. This is the reason so few of us feel like getting off the sofa when we put the kids to bed. But if you can peel yourself from the comfort of the cushions, your workout could actually boost your energy levels. We all feel like the kids run us ragged. We all wish we had the stamina to keep up with them. That workout that feels like the hardest thing to start could actually make you feel just as energized by the end.
Exercise improves your overall fitness. It increases your stamina and builds your strength. And most importantly, it makes you feel more positive about life. It can help you have that can-do attitude that those supermoms on the PTA seem to have. But we all know it’s hard just to get that time and that motivation to fit in a workout. So how do we do it?
Moms are incredible at making schedules and getting organized. Sure, some things move right from time to time. And there will always be that little something that crops up to get in the way. But if your workout time isn’t on your daily planner, it’s time to make it happen. Here’s how. Get up thirty minutes earlier. Or go to bed thirty minutes later. Batch cook and microwave the family meal one night a week to reclaim that thirty minutes cooking time. Run with the dog. Walk the kids to school instead of driving. The list goes on. Sure, it takes a little creativity in some cases. But you’ve made the move toward prioritizing your health just by looking for a window of time for you.
Most of us have a slot or two of time for catching up with friends each week. But if you and your friend sign up for a fun exercise class together, you’ve managed to socialize and workout in that same slot of time. Best of all, working out together motivates both of you to stick with it. You’re having fun, so you get more than just a great workout. You get good mental health and emotional well-being.
Most of us have heard of home workouts like the max workouts program. The trouble is, when you’re at home, you always have household chores to do instead. But if you get your kids to join in, or invite that willing friend around, you can all have fun working through the exercises together. You also get extra quality time with your kids or that fun social date with your friends. And if you workout with your husband or partner, you know you’ve had a fun activity that benefits your relationship.
Of course, good health is about more than exercise. Healthy eating is another problem area for busy parents. Kids can be fussy eaters. Before you know it you’re cooking two or three different dishes every evening, or eating something that only satisfies them. To be sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need, it’s important to include the fresh stuff in every meal. It can be hidden in sauces or soups to avoid mealtime arguments.
It’s often tricky to make sure you’re eating enough fresh fruit and veg. It’s so much easier to opt for the takeout or convenience food. Batch cooking can get you a healthy meal in a jiffy. Whip up extra portions of healthy dishes packed with veg. Then freeze them individually to microwave when you’re too busy to cook. This can work for lunches in the office too. And it will be hot on your plate quicker than a delivery driver can get to you!
Fruit is easy to take with you for healthy treats on the go. Veggies like salad often require a bit more preparation. You could prepare your healthy snack or lunch the night before. It won’t spoil in the fridge overnight. And there are plenty of fun treats that are pretty healthy too. Homemade oaty bakes can be packed full of all your favorite dried fruits, nuts and seeds. They’re really filling, entirely natural, and easy to take with you whenever you’re out and about. Pop a couple in your purse to make sure you’re never caught short. If you’ve got something with you, then you’re less tempted to pay the vending machine!
Lots of health gurus recommend integrating more activity within your regular lifestyle. This makes sense, but it can be tricky to figure out how to do that. One of the easiest ways is to leave the car at home if your journey is shorter than two miles. You might think this will take longer. But when you consider the traffic and the hassle of parking, it might not take any longer at all. Pop your heels in your purse and use comfortable shoes for the walk. This will avoid aching ankles and blisters.
If you like to unwind on the sofa in front of your favorite TV show, you might be able to get your workout done at the same time. If you know your exercise routine, you can work your way through the exercises in front of the TV. Treadmill or exercise bike in the garage? Make soap time your new exercise time. Pop a TV in front of your workout equipment and enjoy your favorite show on the go. Exercising this way is hugely beneficial because you are distracted by what’s on the TV. You’ll get through your thirty minutes without even noticing!
Extra workouts and healthy eating can be accessible for busy parents. Take some time this weekend to see if you can fit them in. Be well. 🙂