I have a guest post for your viewing pleasure today!
The lovely Betsy Moats of The Everyday Warrior is chatting about being a parent shouldn’t hinder your work out time.
She has some great tips and to connect more with Betsy be sure to check out the links through out the post.
Take it away Betsy!!
I think a lot of Moms (and Dads) believe that once they become a parent they will no longer be able lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. Even I will admit that I bought into that mindset when my son was first born (he is now 4.5). But I am here to tell you that you can have it all! You can be a parent and lead an active lifestyle. It certainly takes a little more work and planning, but it CAN be done!
Here are some tips on how you can make it happen.
1. Schedule your workouts – Plan your workouts a week out. This way you can find the best way to integrate your training plan with your family obligations. Odds are if you don’t have everything planned ahead of time your workout will take the back burner when something needs to give.
2. Involve your kids in your workouts – Depending on the age of your child / children you may be able to invite them to join you in your workout. This sets a great example for them and will teach them the importance of making fitness a priority. If your kids are too young to join you in your workout there are other options to consider. If you are a runner a jogging stroller is a great way to get your runs in on days that you do not have any kid free time. Workout videos are another great tool to use so you can workout at home while your child / children are busy with their own activities.
3. Get a workout buddy – Find another Mom (or Dad) that is also fitness minded. This way you can take turns watching each other’s kids so that each of you can get your workouts in.
4. Join a gym with a daycare – If you are considering a gym membership look into one that has a daycare on site. You will get your workout in while you child / children have some fun playtime with other kids. It is a win-win. If it is not cost effective to belong to such a gym, consider getting a babysitter for the days you have no other option. Paying a babysitter for a couple of hours a week is worth it to get your fitness on!
5. Having a kid doesn’t mean eating kid food – If mac & cheese and chicken nuggets are a staple in your child’s diet, it doesn’t mean it has to be your diet! Try making healthier versions of the kid friendly food or if you have an adventurous eater experiment with healthy food to find ones that please their taste buds and your desire to eat healthily.
If you are a parent what are your tips for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle?
Betsy is a mother, runner, mud run fanatic, country music lover, blogger, FitFluential Ambassador and a member of the Idiots Running Club. You can connect with her through her blog The Everyday Warrior. Or on Facebook and Twitter.