10 Tips to Help Mom Stay Healthy
As the Father of three, I’m in awe of their mother. Let’s not even talk about the turmoil my brothers and I put our mom through!
Like the incredible women in my life, a mom’s world revolves around her children. While being a mom brings incredible joy, the job also brings with it sleep deprivation, stress and a constant stream of anxiety.
In today’s blog post I’ll discuss 10 Tips to help Mom stay healthy and happy while also being the best mother possible.
10 Tips to Help Mom Stay Healthy
We know moms are busy and often are trying to be productive for family and work well into the evening but getting at least 6-8 hours a night will increase energy and thus productivity during your awake hours. Getting proper sleep leads to better emotional, physical and mental health.
Play with Your Kids
Backyard/park play with your children can be beneficial in multiple ways. Kids have seemingly endless energy and often very positive people so they make great workout partners. Playing with your kids isn’t just good for health, it a great way to connect with your kids in this digital age and create memories.
For mothers to start and continue a workout routine, it must be efficient. Burst workouts, short duration and high intensity, are typically the best options. Even the least fun workouts can be tolerated better if they are short. Pick a workout that enjoy and fill a majority of your schedule with them but don’t forget to include varied workouts periodically.
Make a written workout schedule with a few hours a week. If you have a written schedule you plan your workouts for the most convenient times. A written schedule will also give you a challenge to meet. Crossing off the workouts will you give you a sense of accomplishment.
If you are a working mother, it may be a good idea to prepare your meals ahead of time. As a working mother, your time is limited throughout the day so moms often turn to unhealthy convenient food and drink options. Preparing your food ahead of time will still allow you the convenience of efficient food options but give you healthy options.
Avoid Unhealthy Drinks
Many mothers require caffeine drinks to energize throughout the day. These caffeine drinks typically have very low dietary benefit and are often high in calories and sugar.
Set Goals for Workouts
Tell a family member or friend about these goals to give you a person to be held accountable to. Moms are often pleasers and don’t like to disappoint people. Telling a confidant will give you further motivation to attain your goals. When you first start your workout write down what you accomplished (aka 10 pushups, 5 crunches, 10 mins of cardio, etc) and make those your personal best. At each subsequent workout try to set a new personal best.
Drinking water can be very beneficial. In our hot, humid climate mothers can often be dehydrated. Morning water consumption increases your body’s metabolism.
Multi-vitamins can be very beneficial. Other vitamins may be required as well. Please consult your primary care physician regarding the vitamin that is best for you.
Join a fitness facility. Some moms need company when working out for motivation. Choose a fitness facility with childcare or that is open the hours that you have set aside to work out. Invest in your health.
Healthy Equals Happy
Kids are one of the most important parts of any mother’s life. It’s normal to periodically get caught up in trying to be the best mom possible and forget to take care of yourself. However, a healthy mom doesn’t ignore herself to take care of her family. In fact, the less she focuses on her needs, the less vibrant and healthy she will become.
About the Author
Joseph L. Finstein, MD is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Finstein specializes and is certified in sports medicine including injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot and ankle. He is the team Orthopedic Surgeon for De La Salle High School and treats many athletes throughout the greater New Orleans area.
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