Maintaining good health is a number one priority for many people. However, when you have errands to run, deadlines to meet, a family to feed and a household to maintain, keeping fit and healthy sometimes gets pushed aside. Momentum Wellness Ambassador Mary Mulanyane believes that fitness can become a priority. “It may be easier than you think,” she says. “It’s just about thinking of things differently.”
In accordance with Mary, here are a few health tips for mothers who are constantly on the go.
Exercise where and when you can
According to the American Psychological Association, exercise has a number of positive mental benefits such a lifting your mood. Prioritizing exercise and embracing it as a workout therapy can give you an opportunity to deal with your emotions and frustrations.
Finding time to head to the gym can seem impossible. That being said, there are plenty of fitness opportunities presented to us on a daily basis. You could opt to take the stairs instead of riding the lift or speed walk through all your errands. You can also involve your children in your fitness regimen. To kids, exercises can be disguised as play time. Simply chasing them around the playground or pushing them on the swing is already a workout. You could also use a skipping rope, play a round or tag or even set up a football match. Your kids will definitely enjoy having you as their play buddy.
According to the American Psychology Association, exercise has a number of positive mental benefits such as lifting your mood. Prioritizing exercise and embracing it as a workout therapy can give you an opportunity to deal with your emotions and frustrations.
Constantly rushing from one place to another can lead to a dependence on quick meals. As convenient as fast food is, your family can pick it up and mimic this unhealthy habit. You can avoid this problem with smarter snacking choices. Pack your purse with a packet of peanuts or fill your drawer with granola bars (just make sure they don’t contain high amounts of sugar). As a parent, you always have to be prepared for the inevitable and being healthy is no different. Ensure that you’ve prepared healthy on-the-go meals for both yourself and your family.
If you wish to instill a mindset of healthy eating onto your children, then you need to set the example. Setting goals for both yourself and your family is a sure way tp keep you motivated. If you don’t see yourself as a novice chef when t comes to healthy meals, you can buy a cookbook – trying a new healthy recipe every week. If your family is in the mood to order in, get a salad or munch on two, thin-crusted slices of pizza. Consider healthy food chains such as Kauai or Nando’s if you want to get the best out of this.
Although family dinners at the table were once the norm, family meals in front of the TV have become standard. According to a recent study published by Harvard Medical School, this form of distracted eating can lead to unhealthy eating habits. Furthermore, the lack of intimacy involved in distracted eating rids the opportunity for family bonding.
Your health is your priority
Being a mother can get very stressful and for a lot of us, food is our coping mechanism. Unfortunately, this strong emotional attachment to food does little for your health. Practicing stress-reducing exercises is a sure way to not only severe your stress-eating ways but also to keep you healthy and ready to tackle your child’s algebra homework.
You also need to ensure that you are getting enough sleep – a minimum of 6 hours. Loss of sleep can also lead to poor eating habits, insomnia and other health issues. Do your best to go to bed early or go as far as to share nap time with your child. Remember, you are priority and you don’t have to feel bad for making time for yourself. Get lost in a good book or soak up in a relaxing bubble bath. Staying fit and healthy is not easy but with the same dedication you give to the other areas of your life, it can be an enjoyable journey.