There is a little saying that goes “when mom is unhappy, everyone is unhappy.” While dads most definitely do their part too, moms are generally the ones who are there to pick up the pieces when laundry needs to be done quickly, and meals need to be cooked. Even then, when mom is sick, injured, or otherwise has her day thrown off, it can overtake her ability to care and get the crucial tasks for the day finished.
No matter how you’re feeling, there are no days off when it comes to being a parent. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of yourself. You are the most important gear within the family machine, and it is imperative to keep yourself “well-oiled,” so to speak. When we haven’t been caring for ourselves as we should, it shows in our energy and our mood, not just our bodies.
Create a Clear Plan, You Can’t Dominate Without One
“Why should I make a list if I know my routine?” Well, try it this way for at least two weeks, then take a week off; you may be surprised at how well organized things were when you had a goal-crushing plan for the day. To start with, you should aim to eat fruit 2-3 times a day and drink a gallon of water. If you can’t make it through the entire gallon, no worries. The purpose is to set the bar high. If you set your goal for half a gallon, you most certainly will end up drinking less water.
Sounds simple enough, but after a few days, it’s relatively easy to slide off track. Instead of writing it down on paper, download a checklist app that can be marked off throughout the day. Set daily reminders for drinking water, eating fruits and veggies, and getting in your typical exercise routine. Pick an app that gives you a streak bonus to keep morale high on those tough days. Being able to knock something off of that list gives you a sense of instant gratification, which feels pretty great when you aren’t having the best week.
Understand You Don’t Have to Be a Bodybuilder to Be Supermom
As a mother, the idea of getting in a workout can feel impossible when you’re working full time, helping with homework, and trying to work on your own business endeavors. The truth is, hitting the gym at 4 A.M. for two straight hours, sucking down a protein shake, and wearing some trendy pair of leggings while doing it just isn’t for all of us.
Instead, try to plan out your schedule for the day and get in a minimum of 20-30 minutes of running, weight lifting, or another type of resistance training. Go full force, like a bear is chasing after your child and you’re using all the power within you to stop it! Even though it’s a little shorter than your typical “athlete’s” routine, giving 100% effort in those few minutes will burn calories, boost your endorphins, and keep your body strong…just in case you do need to outrun that bear someday.
Depending on the age of your child, it’s possible to include them in those 20 to 30 minutes! Kids love to participate in everything we do, and they’re often quite adamant that they can do it themselves. So if you’re doing a bit of High-Intensity Interval Training one day, throw in a smaller set for your kids too. It helps both of you practice healthy habits, and they’re likely to be tired out by the time you’re finished.
Forget About Weight Loss, Focus on Out-Running Time
First of all, you should erase the whole “weight loss” mindset when you’re trying to get healthy. If you stay consistent with these tips, any excess pounds you have should be easy to shed anyway. Instead, pay attention to your physical progression. It should be easier to pick up your toddler, and you may find yourself napping a little less throughout the day.
These are the things you should keep your mind on when you’re getting a fitness routine in progress. It’s essential to be at a healthy weight, sure, but it’s a solid truth that the inside is what matters most. Gaining muscle mass and improving your bone density gives you a better chance at a longer life. Who doesn’t want to have as many years as possible to watch their kids grow and start their own families?
Give your kids and family a mom who will be around for a long time. All it takes is some extra planning and follow-through!
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