Being a mom is hard work, there’s no question about it! Between the middle of the night wake-ups, the frustrations of potty-training, and the emotional roller coaster of toddlers, there is a lot to do. Every. Single. Day. Within the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy for moms to forget to take time for themselves. I mean, let’s face it, you can probably list 10 reasons off the top of your head as you read this of why you can’t or won’t or don’t work out. Am I right? Well, I can give you 10 reasons why you should workout right back! Not taking that time for yourself now will only snowball into bigger issues down the road, like weight gain, high blood pressure, depression… The point is that you are far too important to allow these things to happen! Your kids need you healthy! So, with that in mind, here are 4 ways to take time for yourself and excel as a healthy mom!
How You Can be a Healthy Mom
1. Drink More Water!
This sounds pretty simple, right? Wrong! If you take a poll of all the other moms out there, you know there is a good chance only 1 in 5 of you are getting adequate hydration. Why is that? Because you are more worried about doing everything else on your to-do list for the day and carrying around a water bottle is just one more thing! But, here’s the truth: dehydration is the leading cause of headaches. It is also a leading cause of overeating, because your body tells you that you’re hungry when you are actually thirsty.
So how do you make time for drinking water? It’s pretty easy once you are purposeful. Drink a 12 oz bottle of water when you first wake up in the morning. You can still drink a cup or two of coffee as well, but straight water also needs to happen. When it’s time to breastfeed or give the baby a bottle, make it a point to have another bottle of water. A few big gulps at the start of the feeding, in the middle, and after you burp the baby, and the whole bottle will be gone! Do this every time you feed the baby. Additionally, drink a bottle with every meal you have (even if that meal is just a few bites of peanut butter and jelly and a handful of goldfish crackers.) If you make time for working out, you should definitely have one to two bottles of water during and immediately following your workout as well. This will ensure that you are hydrated and well on track to being a healthy mom.
2. Find New Ways to Exercise!
Okay, okay. We already noted that you have a million things to do, so adding something else probably doesn’t get you excited. But here’s the thing — exercise doesn’t have to come in prescribed workouts. You already know that you need to vacuum, fold the laundry, sweep and mop the kitchen, and make a trip to the grocery store. Next time you do housework, try strapping the baby to you with one of the Baby Bjorn-style front packs. Just adding the extra weight of the baby will cause stress on the body, which qualifies as exercise. Not only will you have checked off some major tasks on your to-do list, but you will have burned extra calories while you doing so and bonded with that sweet baby in the process!
On the days that you do have some extra time to spare, you should totally hit the gym. Whether you get your sweat on with a 30-minute HIIT class or get your muscles pumping with some kettlebell reps, taking time for yourself is vital to your physical and mental health. You can burn off the stress of the day, get in some adult interaction, and enjoy a little you time.
3. Stretch it Out!
A simple way to take some me time and be a healthy mom is by getting down and stretching out every morning. Whether you want to do some yoga, Pilates, or just some old-fashioned hands to your feet stretching, something is better than nothing. Practicing some deep breathing while you stretch will oxygenate your muscles and help rid your body of stress. Regular stretching can reduce risks for arthritis, can improve your circulation and flexibility, and is great for your mental health.
4. Pay Attention to Nutrition!
It’s not always easy to eat healthy when you are chasing your kids around and juggling a hectic schedule. In an effort to thwart the inevitable weight gain that comes from convenient snacks, try this instead:
-Meal prep healthy snacks for quick bites.
-Grab a protein shake if you don’t have time for breakfast.
-Fill up on veggies at dinner before you eat any carbs.
-If you need chocolate, opt for dark chocolate.
Here’s to Becoming a Healthy Mom!
There are so many small steps that you can take to be a healthier version of yourself. Being a mom is a full time, very demanding job, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in it all. We hope you use these simple tips to take better care of yourself and be a healthier you!
Stay Healthy My Friends!
Dixon Troyer is the President of Operations at 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU! With more than 15 years of gym and club experience, owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, Dixon lectures, delivers seminars and workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. Dixon also helps you build the teamwork, management, and training necessary to open your own fitness center.