Ten Simple Tips for Moms To Get Healthier & Fit
With swimsuit season just around the corner, and New Year’s resolutions already half forgotten I thought it would be a great time to share with you these truly simple tips to get healthier and more fit. These tips do not require any elaborate crazy workouts, no gimmick/fad diets and no crazy expensive gym memberships. They do however involve real changes and real consistency in order to succeed. It really is simple but You have to want to change. I love the quote below so I used my photo and added the quote to it. If you like it I hope you will share it and Pin it! It’s a great quote to re-read everyday for motivation! With two kids and a very busy life, I follow these tips as much as I can. I’m 36 years old and have never had trouble with weight but this year I am working on toning up and hopefully getting ab muscles before swimsuit time!
1. Drop the regular pop/soda and diet soda.
I’m from Kentucky so we say pop. No matter what you say or how you say it pop/soda is still bad for you. Diet soda is probably worse according to some recent research surrounding artificial sweeteners. Besides, diet soda tastes so bad why drink it anyway?
2. Drink Green tea.
Green tea has some amazing qualities to it. Not only does it stimulate your metabolism but it has anti-aging, anti-cancer, and other health benefits as well. Make sure you brew your own green tea at home or the health benefits won’t be as great. I would suggest drinking 1-2 cups of homemade green tea with honey or lemon.
3. Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.
Getting healthier requires that you drink a lot of water. Having cold water in your refrigerator makes drinking it much easier. Drink a cup of water before every meal so you don’t overeat. Often times we think we are hungry when in fact we are thirsty. Waters helps with weight loss, keeping your skin youthful and hydrated as well as aids in digestion.
4. If you are going to eat simple carbohydrates, eat them after working out.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t crave french fries, buttery bread, and pasta every now and then. Personally, I could eat potatoes every day of my life but I try to limit my “bad” carbs these days. When I do eat those carbs I try to arrange eating them after I exercise for the day. This doesn’t happen on some days but I do the best I can. Here’s a great low carb chicken lettuce wrap recipe I came up with a few months ago.
5. Get active for 10-20 minutes per day.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, getting fit doesn’t require a gym membership nor does it require that you spend over an hour per day doing exercises. I generally spend 20 minutes per day on my fitness routine. Most of the time I go by my Pinterest Fitness board for quick workout routines each week. I also use the Denise Austin: Get Fit Daily Dozen to change it up sometimes. A couple times a week I use a weight lifting workout my husband gave me. However, I stick to 5lb weights only!
6. Cut out all white colored food that you can.
This includes white bread, white potatoes, white flour, white rice, donuts, etc. Switch to whole grains instead. Cutting out simple carbs can really speed up weight loss for some people. If you don’t need to lose weight but want your ab muscles to show then you will need to eliminate these from your diet as well.
7. Play with your kids.
Get outside and get active with your kids. Play basketball, football, go on a walk or hike, or just race around the yard with them. I play tag with my two boys when warm weather arrives. We also swim every single day during the Summer months. The little minutes do add up and will help you burn some extra calories.
8. Get your protein in.
Protein is essential to gaining and retaining the muscle you have. To help you lose weight and tone up, substitute some of your regular meals or snacks with more meat, nuts, peanut butter, or beans. According to research, protein helps you feel full longer as well.
9. Lift weights.
Contrary to popular belief, you won’t start looking like a man if you lift weights. As you get older you lose muscle, to maintain or gain muscle start doing some strength training a couple times per week. You can find some great workouts online that you can do from home with some simple weights.
10. Pre-cook/pre-plan meals.
I find one of the hardest things about eating healthy is prep time. Sometimes I’m so hungry I grab fast food or throw some junk food in the microwave because it’s done in 3 minutes. Pizza rolls anyone? Yes, they are among my favorite junk food. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cook enough food to have left overs for the next day or two. Cooking a bunch of food in one day helps you make better choices throughout the week. You can also write out your meal plan or put it on your smartphone. Make sure you have all the foods you need at the beginning of the week so you are not tempted to eat out.
I hope these simple tips help you on your journey to get healthier and more fit. If you have any tips to add please leave them in the comments section as I’m always trying to find ways to improve my routine. If you like this post I hope you will share it with your friends and family.