As a single parent, you have a lot on your plate as you juggle working and raising your kids. You may think that you don’t have time for fitness and self-care. However, while some planning will be necessary, you can fit in exercise and healthy eating, and you can even get your kids involved in the process. Here at Generation Fit, we love to help people live their best lives, so we have some tips for how you can fit fitness into your life as a single parent.
If you have just recently had your child and started your life as a single parent, then you may think that any chance of fitness has gone out the window. However, you can still fit some exercise into your routine by purchasing a comfortable and functional nursing sports bra. Look online, and you can find great deals for mothers of all sizes. The best part is that you can walk around the room, do some squats, and add some other exercises to your routine so you can care for your baby and stay in shape at the same time. Make sure to shop around because you can typically find companies that offer special promotions when you buy the bra with other items.
Your child may be a bundle of energy, but they will nap eventually, and when they do, then it is a chance for you to get in a workout. You don’t want to leave the house while they are napping, but you can go downstairs and try some yoga or light weights, or you can run on the treadmill until your baby wakes up. If you put your baby down for a nap and you are waiting for them to fall asleep, then you can do some light abs exercises next to their crib.
If you are desperate to get out of the house so you can get some fresh air and enjoy a jog around the block for an hour, then consider calling up a friend or a babysitter that can keep an eye on your child while you exercise.
If you are uncomfortable going too far away during naps, then you can instead try to wake up earlier in the morning. When your baby is still fast asleep, you can sneak downstairs and get in your workout. You can try the same routine when your baby goes to sleep for the night.
As your children grow older, you can exercise with them and make it a family affair. Consider a walk through the forest preserve or through the park. You may not be walking too fast, but it is still a way to get your blood flowing and experience the fresh air, and greenery is great for your mental health. If you don’t have time to travel too far from the house, then set up a schedule where you and the kids walk around the neighborhood for an hour every day.
While your kids continue to get older, you can up the ante on your workouts. You could buy a jump rope so they can also get the cardio that their young bodies need — it’s also a great workout activity that you can do as a family! Additionally, resistance bands are a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun workout. They offer multiple levels of resistance so they can be used by any age or ability level, and they allow you to work out virtually anywhere – making them ideal for stay-at-home families.
At some point, you can plan a camping trip where you can all get out into nature to hike, learn about new plants and animals, and have some fun around the fire.
As you can see, there are several ways that you can live a healthy and active lifestyle, even if you are a single parent with a lot on your plate. Think about working out during nap times, consider a comfortable nursing bra, and get your kids involved, and you can all feel great day after day. If you would like to learn more about workouts and programs at Generation Fit, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blog contributed by Kimberly Thomas from ushealthcorps.org
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