Making the choice to be fit or healthy is the groundwork for success, and it is most certainly a push in the right direction. Acquiring good health is a lifestyle change and should be addressed as such, but as a single parent or even a parent in general, your life is all about adjusting to change and you’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
This is where you get stuck — you want to jumpstart your health but you are pushed for time and energy. If you plan to make health a priority in your life, you have to set yourself up for success and form new habits. These surefire tips will guarantee that you stay on top of your fitness, all year long.
Always be prepared
Parents tend to struggle around their choices of food. Be it skipping breakfast to get the kids dressed and ready on time, munching on kid-approved sugary snacks, and eating huge portions for dinner, balancing your food intake seems like an insurmountable task. If you are one of those people with this issue, the best way to break this habit is to prepare yourself to form a new one. Fortunately in this information age, everything you need for a healthy jumpstart is right at your fingertips.
Chances are that a majority of your day is spent in the workplace, at your child’s extracurricular activities or sporting events, or at home. If this is the case, you need to be sure to pack all of your food for the day ahead of time. Find healthy, yet easy, on-the-go options to pack for your lunch and snacks. Make it a part of your nightly routine to pre-pack your children’s lunches as well as your own. If you have a little extra time, prep dinner for the week ahead so you can use that time saved to sneak in a work out.
Join a gym
As mundane as this may sound, a gym membership and the perks that come with it,may be just the boost you need in those moments when you’re feeling a little lackadaisical. Most gyms offer an array of group classes and personal training to ensure that you meet your fitness goals, as well as childcare services.
Group fitness classes offer accountability, which gives you the feeling of being on a team. For some, that team effort is just what they need to keep going, as they don’t want to disappoint themselves or others. If you are more of the one-on-one type, using a personal trainer at the gym will keep you laser focused and targeted on areas that you want to improve. Also the gym is the perfect substitute for bad weather days. If the gym just isn’t for you, consider hitting the pool for an alternative (and enjoyable) form of exercise both you and the kids can enjoy.
Workout from home
Some days, no matter how hard you want to, you just can’t find the time to get out of the house. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to stay on top of your fitness from the comfort of your own living room. All you need is the right equipment, a big enough space and a device that connects to the Internet. A quick search on YouTube will lead you to plenty of workout videos to choose from, or you can use an app on your smartphone. Apps like Sworkit make working out at home a breeze as they instruct you to do exercises based off of your weight, goals and target areas.
Even if you are way too exhausted for a full-on workout, remember that anything is better than nothing. Find ways to fit in at least 10 minutes of exercise, whether it’s going for a relaxed stroll around your neighborhood, playing a game of catch, or busting out a few reps using small hand weights. Keep in mind that some days are way more hectic than others, and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you miss a workout. Being a parent always comes first, and your body will most certainly understand.
When you make the choice to incorporate healthy eating and fitness into your life, you are making the decision to become the best version of yourself for you and your children. Everyday that you choose to wake up and fuel your body in the best ways possible, you are creating a habit that is beneficial to your wellbeing. Simple preparation goes a long way when it comes to making a lifestyle change, especially pertaining to fitness and health. Keep your priority strong and you will continue to amaze yourself by what you can accomplish!
Article by Sheila Olson