We all wonder why there is never enough when it comes to health and fitness. For parents, especially moms, it is even harder because they have to fit so many tasks in their daily agendas. These tasks not only revolve around themselves, but rather around an entire family making time even shorter. Managing time and prioritizing is the key to success. How important is it for you to stay healthy and to influence your kids to be healthy as well?
Kids’ bigger role models are their parents. Children are like sponges; they absorb (learn and copy) everything they hear or see. While kids are in their developing stage of life, it is of extreme importance that parents do everything in their power to install healthy habits around eating and exercising.
Exercising can be made fun and productive at the same time. It can be used as a way to bond with your kids. If the weather is nice outside, go to the nearest park or even in your own backyard and take a beach ball or a Frisbee and play a quick game with your kids. You could even involve the family dog in the games. This will help you manage time; while the dog goes out for a walk, you spend time with your kids and everyone gets in a couple of minutes of exercising and fresh air in their day.
As I was growing up my dad would use working out (play) as a motivation for me to finish my homework. I could go ride my bike or skate with him around the neighborhood as soon as all my school work was done. I remember having so much fun that I couldn’t wait to finish it so that I could go out and do these fun activities with my dad.
Swimming is another great way to exercise and have fun at the same time. Recreation Centers are great places to go to on the weekend to bond with your kids, work out and relax for a couple of hours.
When you are purchasing toys for kids, consider toys that will allow kids to move around like jump ropes or hula hoops. Even when you and your family are watching TV at night, during the commercials everyone can fit in a couple of minutes of movement like doing jumping jacks or sit ups.
When grilling food as in for a barbecue, grill things that are considered healthy. Always add more vegetables in your plate than other foods and make sure you always keep a glass of water with you. Fruits are inexpensive and also have great benefits. Make sure your kids eat plenty of fruits and vegetables when eating their meals. I am a vegan and I encourage you to try eating less meat in your diet. Maybe you can have a day in the week in which you abstain from it for example: Vegan Fridays where you and your family will make an effort to only eating plant- based products. Cook with your kids! Involve them in the kitchen. It will serve as a learning experience for them to know what things are healthy to eat and how to make them.
Remember exercise is something that can be done at any time and under any circumstances. You can do it at work, in school (during recess time,) and a little bit before going to bed. It will help release stress and allow you to rest better at night. You can do 5 minutes of exercising with your kids before hitting the shower. There is always room for exercising. Do not let the lazy inner you to tell you otherwise. And the more you exercise, the easier it becomes. When you get used to it, you will be missing it when you don’t do it.
Fitness is tremendously important now days that the rates of child obesity have skyrocketed. People work so hard to pay bills and believe me; we all have them. However, it is possible to fit workout routines throughout your day that will bring short and long term benefits to you and your family’s lives. Inspire and motivate your kids to lead a healthy life by creating these health routines with them. It might seem tougher than it actually is. Just give it a try for at least a month without stopping for a grasp of air and the results of your new lifestyle changes may surprise you and most definitely pay off in the long run.
Are you able to workout regularly even with your busy schedule? Please share any tips you have for other busy moms in your comments below.