We've all read entries on how to lose weight, stay healthy, and live to the fullest, but few of those actually acknowledge how difficult this can be for moms. With both work and family at stake, not to mention the upkeep of the homestead, moms can be pressed for time to eat right and exercise. Because the health of your children's mother is at stake, it is important to make sure these things get done. With the busy mother in mind, we thought now would be a good time to share some tips and tricks that any mother can use to incorporate a healthy lifestyle below.
Use your computer – If you are reading this online, you have a powerful tool to help you in getting healthy things done. There are many sites online that can help you plan a meal, a workout, or just get motivated, as in the popular site Spark People. You can also use it to pay bills, remember birthdays, and other tasks that can free up time for healthy things.
Don't skip the doctor – While mothers are rigid about keeping doctor's appointments for their kids, they are tempted to be lax on themselves. The truth is that after women give birth, a whole new set of health challenges can arise. For this and other reasons, it is important to have your yearly visit with your doctor even if you feel fine.
Eat breakfast – Busy moms can take so much time making the kids breakfast that they forget to have it themselves. Although it can sound like a convenient way to skip calories, the damage done by starting your metabolism late can easily outdo any calories cut. Good breakfast choices include egg whites, fruit, yogurt, or a whole grain cereal.
Snack smart – This is one of those health tips that is a good choice for both you and the kids. Having healthy snacks on hand like fruits and vegetables, or plain popcorn and dried fruits if you can't get to the store on a regular basis for fresh produce, can add valuable nutrients to both you and your family's diet while cutting out harmful sugars and fat.
Lemonade – Does your family drink all their calories and sugar? Soda and juices may be the culprit. But for those who just can't make the switch to plain old water, there is an alternative. Making a giant pitcher of lemonade is not only a healthier choice, it is vastly cheaper.
Exercise – With all the duties of modern life, who has time to exercise? If part of your duties as a mom involves chasing the kids around, why not make it official? Playing a game like tag or other running game is not only fun, it is a great way to sneak in your 20 minutes of movement per day.
Gaming – Who knew video games could be good for you? If your child has a Nintendo Wii or X-box Kinnect, utilize it yourself. There are many dancing and exercising games that actually provide a good workout and can be played as a family.
Get your vision checked – As people age, it is not uncommon for their eyesight to deteriorate slowly. More than just for reading, bad eyesight can actually cause serious health problems such as chronic headaches. If you have headaches or trouble reading, have your vision checked. Many eyeglass stores offer them if you don't have the time or money to go to the doctor.
Me time – It may be a cliché, but it exists for a reason. Women who spend all their time being mothers and/or wives can forget how to be an individual, proving that midlife crises don't happen to just men. Taking the time to do something for yourself, especially out of the house like a book club or college course, can really pay off in both the short and long run.
Just do it – Dad is there for more than to just father the kids. He can also help you with a great way to relieve stress. In fact, the deed itself has been shown to burn calories, improve mood, and reduce worries.
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