Being a mum is hard work! From waking up in the middle of the night to breastfeed to picking the kids up from school, us mums have busy schedules and that means we’re often exhausted!
So when it comes to looking after your own health and fitness, it’s totally normal to feel stressed and not know where to start.
But there are some ways to make healthy eating and exercise less overwhelming, and you don’t have to spend hours sweating at the gym, and we at The Healthy Mummy TOTALLY get that!
Here are some handy tips to help you out…
1. Don’t compare yourself to others
You may not be able to help yourself from looking at other mums (especially celebrity mums on social media) and think “They make it look so easy!”
The truth is that everyone is different – with different schedules, budgets and responsibilities so there is no point in feeling guilty or jealous of someone else. The best thing to do is figure out what works best for YOU and your family and go from there. You know yourself best!
2. Multi-task with exercise
Exercise doesn’t mean just running on a treadmill for an hour! If you have a busy day ahead of you and don’t have time to hit the gym, there are plenty of ways to sneak in a little exercise.
Do some squats while hanging out the laundry, dance around the kitchen while you’re cleaning or even try doing some bicep curls with your grocery bags!
3. Cook in bulk and save the rest for the week
It may sound full on, but by spending a few hours in the kitchen and meal prepping for the next few days, you will save a lot of time and effort later on in the week.
So when it’s the middle of the week and you’re feeling tired and unmotivated to cook, you just have to grab something out of the freezer and dinner is sorted!
4. Use what you have in the kitchen
Save money and time by going through your pantry, freezer and fridge to see which ingredients you already have. Leftover veggies?
Whip up a quick stir fry or roast them up with some pasta for an easy hearty dinner! You can customise your meal plan and swap ingredients and meals on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge app.
5. Go vegetarian for a few nights to save money
Meat is one of the more expensive ingredients so next time you’re at the supermarket, opt for the cheaper cuts or simply go vegetarian.
Eggs, nuts, legumes and tofu are some great replacements for meat that won’t break your bank balance either!
6. Buy what’s on sale
Plan your meals around what is in season or on sale. If a smoothie recipe calls for berries but they aren’t in your budget, go for the frozen options or swap them for a fruit that is on special, it will still taste delicious!
7. Surround yourself with support
Positivity and support are SO important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. If your family and friends aren’t giving you much, our Healthy Mummy Private Support Group is full of likeminded mums who are there 24/7 to give you support and encouragement on your health and weight loss journey.
8. Include the kids in your workout
Kids LOVE being active and moving their bodies, so next time you go to the park, don’t sit on the sidelines but get involved! Play a game of soccer, take a bike ride or have a dance party in your living room.
They will LOVE it, especially as kids love copying their parents!
9. Exercise when the kids are asleep
Sometimes though, us mums need a bit of “me time.” Once the kids have gone to bed, take that time to focus on yourself and squeeze in a workout of your choice. That way there will be no interruptions!
10. Repeat meals
When you’ve figured out which healthy meals are your family’s favourites, cook up extra big batches of them to eat throughout the week.
For instance if your family are big Bolognese fans, enjoy it with pasta one day, mash and veggies the next or even on toast! Get your free meal prep recipe pack here.
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