When you’re a parent, the wellbeing of your children will always be the priority. Still, you should feel no guilt about making time for your personal health. After all, a healthy and happy parent is a better parent.
While we all have the desire to stay healthy, creating the time to pay the necessary attention to this aspect of your life isn’t always easy. Implement the five steps below, though, and you will not regret it.
#1. Include the kids
First and foremost, combining healthy living with family time can transform everything. Encouraging children to embrace healthy eating, for example, can be educational and fun. Better still, it gives you an additional boost in the bid to stay on track with personal nutrition. Leading by example in this way is great for the whole family. It needn’t be restricted to healthy eating, though, and can cover exercise too. Either way, it’ll allow you to juggle various life aspects in style.
#2. Get competitive
If you truly have the desire to stay fit, you will do it. Given that friends and relatives will be in a similar boat, why not add a competitive nature? Fitness Apps and communities let you track your activities and biometrics while competing with pals. When you are committed to outperforming your loved ones, it’s inevitable that smarter decisions will be made. This could mean that you avoid the unnecessary take out meal or find time for the extra gym session.
#3. Establish structure
Fall into the trap of exercising when your schedule allows it will never work because parenthood is far too hectic. Therefore, it’s imperative that you build an organised timetable that has confirmed times for exercise. Joining adult ballet classes or playing sports for an amateur team are both very useful ideas. If you have paid for a recreational activity for a set number of weeks, you’ll feel forced to turn up. Given that they are activities that you want to do deep down, this is a positive step.
#4. Get healthy at home and work
Even with some structured sessions in place, you won’t exercise as much as you’d like. You can take greater control of the situation by incorporating healthy living into your home and work life. Find ways to turn house chores into a workout. Do a few exercises and stretches at your desk. Take breaks at work to stay hydrated and get moving. When you do all of these things to build a stronger platform, positive results will be seen. Better still, it makes no impact on your daily schedule.
#5. Accept slow progress
It’s likely that there are several reasons for your desire to get healthier. Whether it’s increased confidence, an improved image, or increased energy levels doesn’t matter. We all want to see instant results, but parenthood will slow yours. Learn to enjoy the journey and appreciate your progress. For example, losing one pound of fat is still a great achievement. Even if it takes longer than you’d ideally like to get back into shape, the most important thing is to move in the right direction.
- *Collaborative post