Being a mom means we regularly struggle to find “me” time. Our nutrition can often consist of our kids’ leftovers (hello, chicken nuggets and extra cheddar Goldfish) and far too frequently we may take advantage of naptime to catch some Z’s ourselves instead of spending it on something more rewarding. When we let our personal wellbeing and fitness fall to the wayside, we can lose the motivation to be a healthy example for our kids.
So how can moms—with our very busy schedules and very limited free time—find ways to be healthy and fit? Follow these five tips below to find out!
- Prep your weekly meals. This may seem impossible to accomplish when you have a hundred other things on your “to do” list, but I promise you, it’s not. In the hour after bedtime on a Sunday night, you could have your entire week’s worth of meals prepped. With options like overnight oats, smoothie bags, and crockpot meals, it’s easy to stretch an hour’s worth of cooking and food prepping into five days’ worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Plus, resources like Pinterest and Foodgawker make it easy to find more than enough recipes all in one place.
- Get outside for a walk or hike. I don’t know about your kid, but mine LOVES being outside. She finds things I often forget to pay attention to to be completely fascinating, like leaves, flowers, and puddles. So how do I use this to my advantage? LOTS of walks and hikes. I load her and her baby brother up in my Baby Jogger and hit the road, taking the time to log a few miles while pointing out new-to-her things that keep her interested while I update my Map My Run account.
- Find an at-home workout program. Before I found Beachbody, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I could work out at home without spending hours doing so. Fortunately, today’s world has more than enough options for those who need a quick, effective workout while their kids nap or are otherwise occupied. In 30 minutes I break a serious sweat and release some endorphins, all before my kids are up from their mid-day naps.
- Get plenty of rest. I don’t know about you, but I am completely useless when I don’t get enough sleep. My body and mind both suffer from inadequate hours of rest, and I find it hard to focus, let alone make healthy food and fitness choices. But how can this be fixed when you have an infant or wake up before the sun? It’s simple: go to bed earlier. If you have trouble falling asleep, try some guided meditation (I love the Headspace app), a lavender spray for your pillow, or calming your mind with a peaceful book before bed. Getting enough sleep will make a world of difference.
- Take time for yourself. One of the best ways to find time to make your health and fitness a priority is by making more time for yourself, period. Whether this means waking up earlier, spending an hour of uninterrupted time working on your goals after the kids go to bed, or enjoying it during nap time, “me time” is vital. Try to carve out part of your day to plan your week’s meals and make healthy choices, to get your workout in, or to practice some yoga on your back deck.
As a mom, what do you do to make your health and fitness a priority? Share with us in the comments!