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Staying Fit & Healthy with Kids | From Guest Writer Marcia Kadens

Marcia Kadens

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Jun 24th, 2014

Mom and Baby

I think all will agree that being a mom is a super power in and of itself. Raising kids is a tough and often thankless job. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything we want to get done. With the focus on the kids 24/7, it’s easy to put our own wellbeing on the back burner.  Here are some tips to help you keep health and fitness in the mix while balancing the demands of the family.

  • Banish any guilt. Motherhood is awesome and stressful and rewarding and exhausting all at the same time. It’s easy to be consumed by the task of raising our little ones. It’s easy to forget that taking care of yourself is key. You read that right: Taking care of YOU first, helps you be a better parent. That’s why you shouldn’t feel like you’re neglecting your family when you’re taking care of yourself. Everybody needs time to unwind and regroup. When mom’s happy, everybody’s happy.
  • Find activities you love. Maybe it’s a brisk walk with a friend or a podcast, or treadmill time while watching your favorite TV show. Join a running club, hit up a Zumba class or join a mom’s stroller group. There are many roads to a fit, active lifestyle. The key is finding the mix of activities that you enjoy and will stick with. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
  • Schedule your fitness time. Just as you would any important appointment, put workouts on your calendar first, then build the rest of your week around them. Often, knocking out a workout first thing in the morning reduces the chance of life getting in the way later. Plus it starts your day on a positive, empowered note.
  • Have a plan B. Face it, babies don’t always cooperate. Don’t let a skipped nap blow your entire workout for the day. Be flexible physically and mentally. Maybe you couldn’t sneak in that trip to the gym but you can get out for a short walk and a quick bodyweight workout on your family room floor. Something is better than nothing, right?
  • Take baby steps. Huge goals can be intimidating. You may be tempted to do too much too soon, but in the long run, starting slowly and gradually adding to your workouts or increasing intensity is much more effective. Think of it as a permanent lifestyle change rather than an exercise program with a beginning and an end. Use each small success to motivate you and build momentum as you form new, healthier habits.
  • Include the family. Try signing up for a 5k and train together. Encourage your kids to ride their bikes while you run. Engage in a spirited game of Tag or Frisbee. It all counts! It’s always nice to have a support system and remember, besides enjoying fun family time together, you’re modeling healthy habits to your kids.
  • Set goals and celebrate accomplishments. Set a goal of being active X times/week, finishing a race, etc. and treat yourself along the way. Rewards like a new workout top or a pedicure will help you stay motivated and keep the process fun.

Making time for health and fitness pays off in so many ways. You’ll feel better, look better, be more energized and confident. All of those positive qualities will inspire your kids and everyone around you. Definitely a super power!

Try this simple bodyweight workout:

Bodyweight Workout

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