Between household chores, running errands, cooking meals and everything that needs attention in daily life, not everybody has the time or money to spend on fitness classes or a gym membership.
For some, the best way to get fit is by incorporating mini habits into day to day activities. Below are 5 tips on how you can build exercise and healthy habits into your routine. Even with little ones to take care of.
Invest in a sport buggy
Pushchairs and strollers come in many shapes and types for infants and toddlers alike. Sport buggies are designed to be lightweight, easy to steer and are geared towards joggers. They can be quite costly but some brands do offer budget-friendly options. Sporty strollers are ideal for a bit of power walking, light jogging and for a smooth trip around town thanks to their ergonomic design.
Invest in good running shoes
In order to keep up with an energetic toddler, a comfortable pair of sneakers may be your best friend! It helps to have something comfortable and cushioned on your feet when you are out and about picking up groceries, for instance. Investing in good, sporty footwear may mean you are more likely to walk instead of driving or taking the bus and, if you happen to have a sport buggy, will be crucial for managing a mini jog in the park.
Fruit and vegetable smoothies provide a quick and easy way to get your daily recommended amount of nutrients and fibre. They range in price but some mixers and blenders can be picked up quite cheaply online. These are very handy appliances to have in hand. They can be used to create a wide range of healthy meals and snacks. There are lots of great smoothie recipes ideas available on food and healthy eating websites. Plus, once little ones have grown a little, you can use a blender or mixie to purée baby food!
Invest in a fitness tracker
Monitoring your daily step count is a great way to measure your daily movement and ensure you are getting a healthy amount of activity, whether it’s walking places or simply tidying up the house. These devices can be picked up for less than Rs.2,500 and are super helpful in ensuring you reach your daily target. Some also monitor sleep (or lack thereof!).
Turn to YouTube
YouTube provides some free, at home workout videos. Some youtubers even encourage that toddlers take part with mummy too, which could be hilariously cute, if anything. Yoga, pilates and weights sessions can be found online with various workout-lengths available. These can be a great way to get sporty in your living room, should the chance arise.
Experts recommend that you wait 6 months after giving birth to embark on any exercise or weight loss regime. Once this time frame has passed and your little one is hopefully finding a routine for sleeping and eating, it may be possible to begin some gentle activity tracking and exercise. Until then, capitalising on any activity opportunity throughout the day is a good way to keep your health in check while taking care of family life too.