Five tips for busy parents to stay fit:
#1 Make it a goal - Set yourself a 6- week SMART health goal.
Start with a goal which is important to you, write it down and place it somewhere where you will see it daily like the fridge, bathroom mirror or next to your bed to keep you motivated and on track.
The goal should be challenging but achievable and if you can try and make it relevant to an event, this will keep you even more focused, such as a local fun.
#2 Make time and wake early – Place your exercise days into your calendar and commit. Now don’t be cancelling on yourself, exercise is just as important as sleeping and eating.
Be organised, before you go to bed lay your exercise clothes out, set your alarm 30 minutes earlier, and don’t press that snooze button. Initially, commit to 30 minute sessions/ 3 days per week.
#3 Keep it fun - Find something you enjoy as your health journey should be a long term commitment, there is no point running the streets if it hurts the knees and ankle joints. There are plenty of physical activities to try, you can keep it simple with a walk or cycle, try a Pilates class for strengthen and tone or join a sports club to keep it sociable.
#4 Find a Friend – There is nothing better than some friendly rivalry to keep you accountable and on track with your health goals. Work together, challenge each other and have fun.
#5 Involve the family - A great way to feel supported with your health journey is to include the family. Call a family meeting, work together and invest in your health together. As a family you could cycle to the local park, complete a workout on the play equipment, go to a group exercise class, the options are endless.
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