Once you become a mom, everything in your life starts revolving around your children. You wake up when they do, eat when they do, go out when they do, and so on. Your days become significantly busier than before; you seem to forget that me-time ever even existed and staying fit seems like an impossible thing to achieve. Well, it isn’t if you follow these five steps.
Find time to work out
Your schedule might be a busy one, but you’ll find time if you rearrange it a bit. If there’s no other way, you can always wake up at 5 a.m. and finish your workout by the time everybody wakes up. It sounds difficult, but you’ll find that the peace and quiet of some alone time is worth it. Plus, you’ll feel energized and fresh after your workout and a shower, giving you will and strength to deal with things like breakfast time and getting kids ready for school. You can even invest in fitness equipment and do your exercises at work during your lunch break, or at home, while your kids are relaxing and playing in the evening.
Mind what you eat
Your diet is an important aspect of being fit, so forget all that pasta and processed sugar, and extend that to your whole family. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water. Once your kids see you eating healthy food, it’s more likely that they’ll want to eat it, too. Instead of candy bars, have home-made smoothies and sugar-free ice-cream. If you let your children help you make some of these meals and desserts, they’ll be more than happy to eat them with you. Opt for grilled food, rather than fried versions. Instead of white bread, buy whole wheat and switch from white to brown rice. Not only will this new diet help you get fit, but your family’s overall health might improve sooner than you think.
Involve your children
If you think taking care of your children is stopping you from becoming fit, think again. Involving them with your fitness program can be of great benefit to you and them. Put your kids in a jogging stroller and you’ll be able to make those six or seven miles you had planned for the day, while setting a great example for your little ones. And if you want to go to the gym, but don’t know what to do with the kids during that time, that’s not a problem either. There are amazing mums and bubs fitness programs you can join, where your kid can exercise with you. Finally, if all else fails, go to the park and run around with a ball or a Frisbee with your kids, and do anything to stay physically active.
Make a schedule with your partner, so that you can clear certain evenings or mornings and get your exercise then. They can take the kids to school, cook that day or babysit in the evening, while you hit the gym. If this is not an option, talk to your parents, siblings or close friends who might be willing to stay with your kids from time to time, while you work out. There’s no shame in not being able to do everything on your own, so use whatever support you’re given and turn it into fitness time.
Lose the guilt
Staying fit is part of your self-care, and without that self-care, you won’t be as good a mother as you can be. Making everybody and everything else a priority will help neither you, nor them. So, learn to say no to things that you don’t consider important and start prioritizing a bit differently – health first, everything else second. And once you gain time from prioritizing, use it for guilt-free exercise three or four times a week, for at least half an hour. This way you’ll be fit in no time.
Staying fit is not a luxury. It’s a necessity, since it will keep you healthy and fresh for your family. And remember, you’re not only doing this for yourself, but for your children and their healthy habits as well.