Are you the parent with a toddler hanging onto your arm while at the back of your mind a million thoughts about how your day will play along are running? Do you feel you are out of shape and want some semblance of peace to maintain a healthy life style and lose some extra pounds? Don’t worry! We are here to provide some basics to help you along on this journey of healthy lifestyle that you can easily instill without much ado.
With only few simple practices we can make this happen:
- Dining habits and practices:
The most important aspect which contributes about 60% to 70% to a healthy lifestyle is what you eat. It is essential for a parent to have proper breakfast in the morning, because this will not only give you the required strength to spend your day with the fireballs of energy that your little ones are, but is also important to set the eating habits in line. If you skip your breakfast, it will lead to a psychological affect whereby you will feel that you didn’t eat a meal and the chances are that you might over eat or indulge in junk food. Take out the time to feed yourself proper healthy breakfast which can easily be arranged beforehand, for e.g. you can soak oats overnight and enjoy them in the morning with fruits of your choice. Similarly, don’t delay lunch and dinner due to chores and set proper time for them. The best thing is to always have fruits and veggies at hand, so that you might not be tempted to go for comfort food which might also be junk food.
Tip: Keep baby carrots, nuts and corns always at hand!
- Moving around or working out: The concept of strength training
The trickiest part for a healthy lifestyle for a parent is normally that they can’t get the time to fit any kind of proper workout routine in their long winding day. For that purpose, the best you can do is that incorporate cardio and strength training activities in the day. For e.g. take your kids out to play games or indulge in sports like football, cricket or swimming with them outdoors. This will not only help you have fun with your kid but also add a little much needed cardio in your routine. The newest research has shown that strength training is even more effective than cardio because it has more power to speed up your metabolism and give you a lean body. You can keep weights at home and see your capacity to lift them. A basic technique to judge your strength in terms of weight lifting is Max Bench Rep. This shows how much a person can lift and the max weight they can repeatedly do repetitions of. Max Bench Rep calculators are also available online and can help you in finding out your strength with weights. Weight lifting esp Bench presses, dead lifts and squats help you build stamina and endurance. Start with small weights and check your stamina and gradually increase weights by knowing your Max Bench Rep. Max Bench rep will assist you in setting goals for building strength and stamina and instead of picking up weights, just pick up your little one and have a moment of both bonding session and a little workout. You can also use sand bottles and other similar weight substitutes for this purpose.
Tip: Pick up weights you are comfortable with and take the stairs. Maybe pick up your little one and give them a ride up the stairs.
- Enjoy and Rest
Lastly, for a healthy and fit lifestyle you need to feel happy and satisfied. Positive feelings and emotions will lead to higher energy levels and a faster working mind and hearty body. Take out time to slow down and enjoy some leisurely activities that make you happy and feel rested. It is common for parents to feel drained and therefore, the most essential thing on your list for a healthier lifestyle should be SLEEP WELL. Remember, the more rested you are, the faster your mind and other faculties will work.
Tip: Read that book, take that bubble bath and for once a week indulge in relaxing activities like spa days etc.