Having a family often means a lot less time for your own personal wellbeing! Whether it be getting enough sleep, finding time to exercise or cooking healthy meals that actually get eaten, parents sure put up with a lot! If you’re looking to tweak your own habits in order to establish a healthier lifestyle, before you start googling liposuction clinics in Melbourne, read below for some of our tips to get you moving and feeling better.
Move more, move early
Even if you have regular physical activity scheduled at the end of the day, it is a good habit to get into to also squeeze in some more movement in the morning. This could be some quick interval training like squats, lunges, side bends or twists when you have a spare minute while waiting for the kettle to boil. It could also mean walking a longer route to get to public transport or parking your car further away from your destination. Whatever works for you, even a few minutes a day is a good place to start, and you can build in more activity as you go along. Some people swear by morning yoga, but even if you’re not a pro, some simple stretches to get the blood flowing will already make your morning a little easier to deal with.
If you’re looking to lose weight, crash dieting is not the way to go! Not only will it most likely lead to binge eating and metabolic disruption, it can establish unhealthy eating patterns that your children may adopt later in life. A gentle way to reign in your calorific intake it to start by reducing your portion sizes. If you eat a few mouthfuls less before you get to the ‘full’ feeling, over the course of a week you’ll have gently reduced your intake. In conjunction with an increase in physical activity, this is enough to get started on weight reduction. As time goes by, phase out highly processed foods and those that are void of good nutrients. It’s ok to have treats occasionally, but again, a smaller amount is better for your blood sugar and your waistline.
Find a way to get the children and your partner in on your new quest for healthy living. The cheapest way is to get out on a family walk, and games of all sorts will hopefully keep children amused long enough for some uninterrupted Mum and Dad conversation. If you have a backyard or local park nearby, take some props along and create an obstacle course.
Other suggestions could be to take turns leading a family boot camp, where slackers get an extra 5 push ups each time they take an unscheduled rest or to have an epic treasure hunt around the house that is timed against each other – maybe pop breakables away for this one!
Whatever steps you choose, make it a priority to regularly find time to get active, and new patterns are more likely to last.