When you’re a parent, life can get hectic. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the time and the energy to look after yourself when you’re raising kids, but it’s crucial not to neglect your health and wellbeing. If you’re busy, or you’re short on time, here are the simplest ways to boost your health.
Short bursts of exercise
Most parents don’t have hours to devote to going to the gym or hiking in the hills. If you’re keen to be more active and to reap the rewards of regular exercise, you don’t need to have entire afternoons free or spend your life at the gym. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate short bursts of exercise into your routine. Working out at home is a great option for moms and dads with young kids, as you can fit a session in without leaving the house. It’s also an excellent idea to look at short, intensive classes, for example, HIIT and spin sessions, as they enable you to burn a lot of calories and work up a sweat in no time. You can also switch up your routine to move your body more. Start going for a walk or a bike ride with the kids before or after dinner, enjoy active pursuits at the weekends and try to leave the car behind if you’re popping to the shop or visiting a friend in the same neighborhood. Even small changes can make a positive difference.
If you’ve had a long day, you might feel that cooking up a storm in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do. The good news is that there are some incredibly straightforward ways to improve your nutrition. There are endless recipes for quick, easy and healthy meals available online, you can batch cook at the weekends to provide nutritious meals during the week, and you can rustle up juices, smoothies, soups and sauces packed with nutrients and flavor in a matter of minutes. Try and avoid fast food and processed foods if you can, and consider giving your body a break if you’ve overindulged or you’ve had a week of takeouts or ready-made meals. A DIY juice cleanse is a simple way to reset your body and let your digestive system recover. For parents on the go, it’s a great idea to make meals in advance. This will save you money on buying lunch from cafes or restaurants, and you can ensure you have a healthy dish to enjoy, no matter where you are. You can make sandwiches, flasks of soup, pasta salads, tacos, wraps and salads the night before to save time and effort.
Taking time out
Mental health is as important as physical health. Life can be tough for parents, and everyone needs some time off. Even if you only have 10 minutes to yourself in the daytime, use this break wisely. Read a chapter of your book, stretch, take a stroll outside or get creative. Writing, drawing and painting can all be cathartic.
If you’re a parent, your kids are probably your number one priority. While it’s brilliant to put your children first, it is critical to look after yourself too. Hopefully, these simple steps will help you boost your health and wellbeing.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.