Becoming a mother is one of life’s greatest joys, but it can be a hectic time. Juggling baby schedules and trying to get sleep in whenever possible seem to be the priority, but during these busy times, we may not always keep our own health at the forefront of our minds. We’ve got five easy tips to help all those busy new moms stay in shape.
Get the Right Foods
Getting the right nutrients is important for both you and your baby if you are breastfeeding. Go for complex carbs that will release energy slowly and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Whole grains, brown rice, and sweet potatoes are great choices. Calcium-rich foods like yogurts and milk are beneficial for both mom and baby for the strengthening and development of bones. Opt for proteins, the building blocks for muscle, skin, blood, and cartilage. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, and lean meats like beef, chicken, turkey, and pork just to name a few. Have oily fish like salmon and tuna for its Omega-3 properties vital for brain development. Of course, get those other essential vitamins and nutrients in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Those leafy green vegetables also pack iron that will keep energy levels up.
Plan Your Meals
In addition to knowing what foods are best for you, it is a good idea to plan meals ahead of time what you are your family are having. Make sure each of the meals is full of protein and even a complex carb and vegetables. Make sure snacks are including fruits or even desserts. You will stay more on track with healthy eating by planning your meals in advance. It will reduce the temptation for unhealthy take outs!
Fit in Exercise When You Can
While it’s tempting to take a nap when the baby does, exercising will actually build your energy levels up as well as get your body in shape. Try High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for the ultimate workout in a short amount of time. This will get the heart rate up to where it should be when exercising to be able to burn calories and fat! You can do it at home easily and combine it with a few hand weights to help tone up. Also, never underestimate the power in a walk with the kids. Walking is a great way to burn calories, and if you’re walking to the park, you will be sure to get in some exercise playing with the kids too!
Drink Plenty of Fluids
And we don’t mean those coffees you have had to let go cold before finally getting around to drinking them! Caffeine in tea and coffee can dehydrate you, so opt for more water. Staying hydrated is key to keeping the body functioning as it should. Dehydration will slow down metabolism and make you feel sluggish. Try filling a water bottle to keep nearby to remind you to drink regularly.
Take Time for Yourself
You don’t have to be on the go constantly. Take time for yourself and look after your mental wellbeing as well. It is important to relax and unwind. Meditate, watch television, read a book – do whatever it is that relaxes you.
Some women find it beneficial to have measurable goals to work towards. If this is the case for you, write them down. Keep a food diary and get a body fat scale to monitor your progress. There’s no need to put a timescale on these things and put pressure on yourself. After all, your first job is being a mom! But by following these tips, you can be achieving those fitness goals without even realizing it.