There are a lot of changes that take place both during and after having a child. For many women, they find that they aren’t able to shed the baby weight that was added during pregnancy. And for others, having a kid means that there is less time to devote to exercise and eating right.
Fortunately, though, there are several tips that can be followed to ensure mothers get the nutrition and physical exercise needed to stay in shape.
Walk to the gas station
You just realized that you’re out of flour to make those delicious biscuits and gravy that you cook every Saturday morning. Instead of loading up the little one in the car, why not break out the stroller for a quick trip to the gas station that’s half a mile down the road? If you don’t want to take the kiddo, tell your husband you need him to babysit because you’re going for a walk to the gas station to pick up that much needed flour. Throwing in 20 to 30 minutes of exercise — brisk walking — two to three times a week is extremely beneficial to your cardiovascular health. So, for any chance that you get to do some walking, make sure to take advantage of it.
Put the laundry away in record time
As a mom and a house-wife, you undoubtedly have a lot of cleaning to do, especially in terms of putting away laundry. By completing your household chores in record time, you can be well on your way to burning off calories. Next time you put away a load of laundry, time yourself and try to get the clothes where they need to go in under five minutes. The faster you go, the more calories you will burn. Just make sure not to put your undies in your little one’s undie drawer.
Be creative when making chocolate milk
Kids love milk. When little Annie asks for a cup of chocolate milk, get the milk out first and do 10 curls on the way to the cabinet that houses the precious chocolate syrup. A gallon of milk will work excellent at helping you keep your arm muscles in shape.
Indulge yourself in your favorite food
For many women, their favorite foods and drinks tend to be very unhealthy — fried chicken, brownies, a tasty margarita — but this doesn’t mean they have to completely eliminate them from their diets. And it’s because of this that you need to identify your guilty pleasures, followed by moderating them as much as possible. Two brownies and a glass of milk three times a week will most definitely hinder your staying-in-shape efforts. However, one brownie and a glass of skim milk every other week probably won’t be detrimental.
Having a kid doesn’t excuse you from taking care of yourself. By eating in moderation and exercising right (even if it’s just 20 minutes a day, three days a week), you can significantly improve both your physical and mental health.