Moms can often be busier than even some of the most successful businessmen. But it’s still important to make time to exercise amidst all those errands!
And even though the idea of adding yet another task to a busy day can feel overwhelming, making the most of your health can be easier than it seems! Use these seven tips to ensure you stay healthy in the new year.
1. Create a list of specific goals
By creating specific goals, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to achieve these goals. While it can be easy to focus on your overall goal, whether it’s losing weight or building muscle, it can help to create a list of how you want to achieve the overarching goal.
For example, create small, attainable goals like, “do 100 push-ups every day,” or “do 45 minutes on the elliptical.”
2. Make a plan
Once you have your goals figured out, it’s time to create a plan. By writing down your plans, you can create a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it.
Create a workout plan and outline what you want to achieve in your daily workout. You can contact a trainer to help you create a workout routine geared towards your body and your fitness goals.
While making your plan, try your best to expect the unexpected. As with anything, your motivation will fluctuate: come up with a plan for how you will combat your lack of motivation when it hits. When temptation hits, you can plan your response ahead of time to avoid conflict.
3. Work out with the whole family
Create a workout activity that can include your whole family. By exercising as a family, you can help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Go for walks in nature or have a dance party. Get your family prepared by buying comfortable gym shoes for the whole family. Pick up a comfortable pair of women’s shoes for mom, a reliable pair of men’s shoes for dad, and sporty shoes for the kids.
4. Think about your diet
Even if you’re exercising, you should alter your diet to accompany your workout. Eating good foods will make you feel good—good foods here meaning fruits and vegetables, rather than greasy fast food. When eating clean, fresh foods, your body will absorb the important vitamins and help fuel your workouts.
However, don’t withhold food from your body. Listen to your body. Keep a food journal to monitor your food intake and record how it impacts your workouts. As you begin to workout, your dietary habits will, and should, change.
5. Accountability is key
While on your fitness journey, accountability is essential. You may not always be able to hold yourself accountable, so create a network of accountability.
Fitness trackers can create a network of your friends who track their steps and compete for the largest number of steps.
Talk to people about your fitness goals and how you intend to reach them. By expressing your goals to others, they should know what to expect from you. Whether a trainer or a friend, you will need support to stay fit.
6. Get some sleep
One of the worst things that you can do for your body is deprive it of sleep. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should try to get a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
Sleep can help improve your immune system and keep you healthy. Getting enough sleep can also help to improve your mood and your mental health. And, of course, getting enough sleep can help you maintain enough energy to complete your workout and stay fit.
7. Don’t forget about mental health
Take some time for your mental health. Meditation can help get your mind in the right place for before you hit the gym. By meditating, you can help improve your focus, sleep, immunity, and reduce stress and anxiety. There are a lot of apps out there that can help you focus your meditation.
If you are struggling with mental health, it doesn’t hurt to talk to a professional. With the progression of modern technology, you can talk to a mental health professional through apps like Talkspace.
Making time for your own physical and mental well-being isn’t easy when you’re a busy mom, but making the most of these ways to stay healthy will help a lot. Just remember