Tips To Help You Stay Fit and Active As A Parent
Being a parent is a task in itself, I do get it. But you still need to find some time for yourself to stay in the best of your health. Here are some tips on how to stay fit and active as a parent.
People say that being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world, but boy is it exhausting. It can be tough to find time to take care of yourself. Some days it can be difficult even to take a shower. When you become a parent, you’ll find that your needs often take a backseat to the needs of your children. Working out and staying fit, as a parent, can seem like an impossibility.
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How To Stay Fit and Active As A Parent
It can be so hard to put yourself first. The exhaustion of running around after the kids and trying to find time during the day to work out is so important, you have to look after yourself too. You cannot fill from an empty cup. Exercising and keeping yourself fit and healthy will actually give you more energy to keep up with the day to day running around after kids. Plus, it’s setting an excellent example for your kids. You want to be healthy and fit, to be able to play with your kids and to be around when they get older.
Here are a few tips to help you stay fit and active as a parent.
Be Active All Day
You don’t have to run twenty miles every morning to be physically active. Change things up a little. Walk to the store instead of driving. Use the stairs instead of the lift. Park at the back of the parking of the mall, gym, doctors office, etc.
Take 30 Minutes for Yourself.
Kids do take up a lot of time, but you don’t need to be spending six hours a day at the gym. Squeezing in a 30-minute workout can be very beneficial. Do a workout video in your living room, do some yoga, weights, etc. Have the kids join you if they’re big enough. My daughter just loves to do yoga with me in the mornings, and she might actually be better than me at this stage. If you can’t manage 30 minutes, try to do it in spurts throughout the day. 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there.
Make Fitness a Family Effort.
Leading by example is what parenting is all about. If you want your children to learn the importance of staying fit and healthy, show them.
With infants and toddlers, go for runs with the baby in the running stroller. This is really fun for the kid, my daughter loves to yell out “faster Mommy, faster”. With preschool to school-aged children, go to the playground, tackle those monkey bars yourself. Take bikes, hike, and swim during the good weather months. In the winter go ice-skating, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Sledding is a great workout, especially when pulling your kids back up the hill.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself.
You have to want to stay fit. It takes effort and time. One of the best ways to motivate yourself, is to set fitness goals that are realistic. Sign up for a 5k race, that’s a realistic goal to get yourself back into it. Aim to lose weight or dress sizes in small increments instead of large ones. When you reach your first goal, set a new one.
Plant a Vegetable Garden.
Plant a lovely little vegetable garden. The kids will love to help with this. Not only are you getting a workout, but you’re also growing healthy and nutritious food to eat. It’s a double whammy, a win-win!
Which of these tips do you follow to stay fit and active as a parent? Let me know in the comments below.