It’s really important to stay healthy as a parent. After all, if you aren’t in the best of health, it’s going to be a struggle looking after anyone else.
It’s easy to get so caught up with taking care of our kids that we forget about ourselves in the process.
A healthy you means having a healthy mind and body. Are you really looking after yourself properly?
To achieve this, you must look after your diet and fitness, in addition to taking extra vitamins when needed. In order to take care of your family, you must first take care of yourself. After all, how can you take care of someone else if you let your own health decline in the process?
Here are three important tips to always keep in mind.
A health diet
Online shopping can make sticking to a healthy diet a lot easier. Why not create a regular shopping list of those foods that make you look and feel your best?
There are certain foods that are healthy and will benefit your mind, and then there are others that will make you feel sluggish. You will not stay sharp eating chips and chocolate!
Whilst it’s tempting to add indulgent favourites such as cakes and sweet treats, seeing your shopping list in front of you at least allows you to balance these with healthier options – more salad, fruit, nuts and whole grains for example.
And, don’t forget’, it will be easier to get our kids into good eating habits if we set an example ourselves.
Food is not always enough to keep your mind and body healthy. It is true that fruits and vegetables have a long list of nutritious values, but sometimes you need an extra boost. That is where vitamins come in.
This is particularly important if you are pregnant. Make sure you follow the advice given to you by your midwife -for example, folic acid, iron, calcium, and vitamin D among others.
Even post-pregnancy, including vitamins as part of your morning routine, can go a long way in keeping you healthy, especially if you skip out on fruits and vegetables some mornings.
Make a habit of setting aside time each day, if not several times a week, to exercise. This does not need to break your bank, nor should it be difficult to stick to if you find something you truly enjoy.
Yoga, for instance, can be done from the comforts and privacy of your own home.
Going for a run can also be therapeutic, especially if you plug in some of your favourite music to listen to and pop your headphones on.
You may find with limited exercise that you put on weight which can affect your health to a greater degree, the longer you go without exercise.
Staying healthy, as a parent, is not hard. It simply requires you to put in the time. The benefits of making this lifestyle change far outweigh not doing anything about it.
Remember, as a parent you are a role model, so this change in lifestyle will not only affect you but also influence your family members to make the same choices.