Keeping fit and healthy can appear to be an overwhelming concept as a mom, when all you really want to do with your spare minutes is drink a warm cup of coffee and sit down for 5 minutes. However, there are a few simple steps you can all take to simplify your time, get fit and stay healthy – with your kids!
1. DON’T FORGET TO EAT
This is one of the most common mistakes moms make. Why? Because being a mom is busy and you are generally so busy worrying about what everyone else needs to put in their mouth that you either forget or don’t have the energy to feed yourself. Before you know it, it’s 4pm and your blood sugar has plummeted. It is very important to remember to eating throughout the day keeps your metabolism active and prevents the craving for sugary and refined carb-riddled rubbish, come 4pm.
2. MEAL PREP! MEAL PREP! MEAL PREP!
Following on from point #1 … this point is key! Preparing batches of healthy meals is a way to ensure that you always have a healthy snack or meal on hand. Batch cooking and freezing is your best friend when it comes to saving time and making sure you have something to eat on the nights where a take out would normally be ordered to avoid the kitchen.
3. MAKE FOOD A FAMILY AFFAIR
Cooking meals that are healthy and the whole family will enjoy will prevent you from having to cook different meals for you and your little ones. This reduces your time spent in the kitchen, while ensuring everyone stays on a healthy track! Better yet, choose simple meals that the kids can help with to involve them and get them excited about what they are eating.
4. PLAN YOUR WEEKLY MEALS AND SHOP FOR THEM ON THE WEEKEND
This will prepare you and the family for a nourishing and balanced week ahead and avoid the midweek “oops, I forgot to shop and there is nothing in the fridge” scenario, which ends in a call to your nearest take-out joint.
5. DON’T FINISH YOUR CHILDREN’S LEFTOVERS
This is a common mistake that many moms make. Either you are eating your children’s food on top of what you just ate OR you end up only eating their leftover scraps to avoid making yourself something (balanced) to eat. Either situation is not ideal. Instead of finishing what’s on your children’s plate… or in their lunchbox, salvage what you can to repackage and keep in the fridge for them to eat at a later stage. This educates them not to waste food, creating a healthy & conscious little attitude for future food consumption.
6. ALWAYS MAKE A LITTLE EXTRA AT DINNERTIME
This is key to making sure that you have a ready and healthy meal waiting for you in the fridge the following day. Whether it to be to pack for work or to grab in between house chores – the last thing any mom feels like doing is dirtying more kitchen goods to prepare another meal – for herself. This will ensure that you don’t either skip meals or grab a “relatively OK” snack from the grocery aisle.
7. INVOLVE YOUR CHILDREN IN YOUR EXERCISE
There are going to be those days as moms, where you just won’t have a dedicated hour or so to yourself to train. Use these days to involve your children in a little exercise – be it taking the dog for a walk, kicking a soccer ball around, using their jungle gym as a boot camp … or even using them to add some resistance to a full body workout. This keeps you fit and tires them out! Winning formula!
8. SCHEDULE EXERCISE INTO YOUR WEEKLY “TO DO” LIST
Don’t view exercise as an added bonus to your week. Schedule a time for it on your to-do list or in your diary for 3 – 4 days per week. This sets an intention and creates a non-negotiable space for YOURSELF.
9. PLAN YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE AHEAD OF TIME
Once you’ve penciled in your workout, don’t forget to think about what you’ll actually do once you get to the gym. This way you will get the most value for your sweat from the limited and precious time to yourself that us mothers have. Plus: having a plan always makes you feel prepared – especially if it’s been a while since you set foot in the gym.
10. DOWNLOAD A GOOD PLAYLIST
There is nothing like music to get you moving. Once you have planned your workout, be sure to make sure you have the right beats to push you through your workout and leave you with an extra spring in your step.