Parents with young kids always seem to struggle with finding time for healthy habits. Time, energy, finances and the minutiae of taking care of little ones make it difficult to get a good workout in! We’re big believers in the KISS system – keeping it simple can make a big difference when it comes to managing a busy schedule.
One way to keep things simple is to lower your standards. If you used to create five-course gourmet meals, it’s okay to pull something quick out of the pantry instead. Maybe you pride yourself on having a clean house where everything is always in its proper place. Shoving toys to one side of the room and passing on the dusting routine for a few weeks won’t cause any harm in the long run. Prioritize the “musts” and allow some flexibility on everything else.
Take advantage of the short chunks of open time that present themselves throughout the day, whether they’re a byproduct of your regular routine or a happy surprise. You can find short workout routines on YouTube, put your little darling in a stroller and walk around the block a few times, or do a few quick sets of squats, lunges or burpees. You don’t need to dedicate a full hour every day to exercise to reap some of the benefits. Short bursts of activity will add up!
Streamline your personal effects for getting out and about – you’ll have plenty of child-related items to keep track of, so minimizing what you’ll need will make it easier to get out the door. TravelEyez will be your favorite accessory here; just pop your keys, cell phone and sunglasses in a case or two and snap them onto the stroller handle or a bag strap. Keeping these items secure, organized and easily accessible whenever you need them will simplify every part of your daily routine and save time and stress.
Another effective strategy is to get your exercise over and done with first thing in the morning. Set yourself up for success by working out before the day gets crazy and you’re pulled in a dozen different directions. Set everything out the night before so it’s easy to step right into workout mode, and then, even if you have to set the alarm a little earlier, go for it! Then you can take advantage of those quick little holes in your schedule to grab a quick power nap later in the day.
Set yourself up for success! Try some – or all – of these strategies and claim some healthy “me” time that will pay off in dividends with less stress and a healthier lifestyle.
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