If you think that being a good mother means putting everyone else’s needs before yours, you’re wrong. The only thing this will do is put your physical and emotional health on the line. So, in order to be a supermom, you must take care of your own fitness, no matter how hard that might be when you have children, house chores and your own career to take care of. So, here are a few tips that will turn you into a super fit mom.
Don’t skip breakfast
If you skip breakfast, you can expect to experience some trouble with food for the rest of your day. The biggest risk of skipping your morning meal is overeating at dinner once your kids are in bed and you have time to think about food. So, try to wake up a bit earlier and grab a good breakfast. You don’t need to prepare a full English breakfast, though. Greek yogurt is rich in protein while a bowl of oatmeal will fill you up with fiber that will keep you full and energized.
If you’re a working mom, things can get a bit complicated with lunch. However, if you pack lunch and bring it to work, you can really make a big change to your fitness and health. When you have something nutritious and healthy, you can control your weight and prevent those hasty last-minute meal decisions that often end up with junk food and overeating. If you can’t prepare your meals in advance, there are great food services that allow you to have healthy fitness meals delivered to your home. All you get to do is pick your diet plan, pack your meal in your lunch box and bring it to work! It’s a very practical and healthy solution to stay on top of your fitness.
Make exercise a priority
The fastest way to losing weight (aside from good nutrition) is daily exercise. Your body burns more fat and builds more muscle with daily movement compared to hitting the gym 3 times a week. Luckily, you don’t have to do too much in order to reap benefits: 20 minutes of exercise every day will give you noticeable results. Additionally, you’ll be setting a good example for your kids and feel overall happier (exercise releases serotonin that keeps you feeling joyful and energized). If you can’t catch full 20 minutes of exercise at one interval, you can break your session into 5 to 10-minute workouts throughout the day.
Be smart with scheduling
No matter what age your child is, you can always catch some free time to hit the gym or have a good home workout. For instance, many mothers with babies work out around 1 p.m.—after the child’s lunch when kids are usually the least fussy. Later in life, you can move your exercises to 9 a.m. during playtime. Also, try to schedule your workouts around playdates when you’ll have plenty of time to dedicate to yourself.
Keep stress at bay
The thing that is keeping you from losing weight or causing you to put on pounds might be your stress. When under stress, your body releases cortisol that affects your mood and the way your body stores fat and energy. Since being a parent is very stressful, make sure to check your cortisol levels. If you experience high levels of this hormone, consider practicing mindfulness and meditation. Yoga is another great exercise great for both your fitness and your stress management.
Being a fit mother does take some planning and creativity, but it’s more than possible! If you make your healthy eating and your workout time non-negotiable, you’ll certainly stay fit and be able to give your child the best care. If you can’t take care of your own health, how can you take care of somebody else’s?