A lot of moms are finding it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping up with the kids and staying on top of household chores consume a lot of time and energy. At the end of the day, there is nothing more comforting than a sumptuous dinner spread and a good night’s sleep. Where can you fit the desire to work out in that jam-packed schedule? Worry not. Here are some tips on how you can maintain that healthy lifestyle – without needing to go to the gym.
Exercise In The Morning
It is easier to exercise in the morning as compared to other times of the day. Why? It is because you are more refreshed and recharged in the morning. You will, more often than not, put off physical activity when you’re already prepping up for bed and excited to sleep.
Feeling groggy upon waking up? Engaging in physical activity early in the morning will give you more energy throughout the day. It also clears up your head to strategize your game plan for the day. “People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being,” said psychologists Lawrence Robinson, Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Melinda Smith, M.A. You can watch several videos on the internet that you can copy at home, or simply jog around your neighborhood.
Incorporate Workout With Household Chores
Little did you know that there are a lot of household chores already incorporate workout routines. Do you need to sweep the floor? Put off using the vacuum for another day and do it yourself! Not only will you save on electricity costs, but you will sweat a lot as well. You may also proceed to prune your garden plants and spruce up your patio. It is more inspiring to work around a lovely house, am I right?
You can also enjoy bonding with your little one by engaging in physical activities with him/ her. Psychologist Peter Gray Ph.D. said “Children are designed, by nature, to play often in physically vigorous ways.” You can play hide-and-seek with your child. This will not only increase your bond with your child, but this will also burn a lot of calories.
You only need to be creative in thinking of other exercise routines to combine with your chores.
It is never enough just to exercise. Even if you do the most intense of work-outs but eat sugary, full of calories food, you will only negate all of your hard work. Apart from staying fit, this will be beneficial to your health in the long term. Lifestyle diseases such as heart attack and cancer are primarily caused by unhealthy food. This may also lead to a disciplined and healthy lifestyle being incorporated by your kids.
Make sure that a lot of greens, protein (lean meat, fish), carbohydrates (rice, bread) and fruits are regularly on your plate. Avoid foods which are high in salt since this bloats up your face and body, making you look fat even when you are not. These are commonly taken out fast food and other processed food. A common misconception is that eating healthy is expensive and fancy, but there are cheap yet healthy alternatives you can replace to your current diet. Consult a dietician or your doctor if needed. “Prioritize health in the same way you prioritize other responsibilities and you will see stress diminish despite a to-do list that doesn’t get shorter,” said psychiatrist Melissa Welby M.D.