Mom life gets busy, and sometimes, a buzzing schedule leaves little room to ourselves. Between laundry, soccer practice and work, it’s often hard to find the time, energy or motivation to work out and eat healthy, or to simply switch off and finish a good book!
There are so many parts of living healthy that we place on the backseat. We tend to forget that living healthy means focussing on our own emotional and physical needs, just as we do for our kids and spouse.
It's when we find balance in mind, body and soul that we become more productive, less stressed and excited about life. Living a healthy mom life is rewarding, and completely possible! You just have to start.
We hope the following framework will inspire you to live your healthiest mom life!
SET SIMPLE AND REALISTIC HEALTH GOALS
It's important to not have crazy expectations of what you can achieve in a short period of time. Small actions are great to prepare your mindset for bigger, long lasting results.
Write down your monthly, weekly and daily health goals. Include actionable items next to each of them. This way, you'll know exactly how to achieve them. You can list them in your diary or even make a mood board; whatever motivates you most.
Start with small, realistic goals that you can achieve today. If physical health is your goal, switch the elevator for the stairs at the office. If you're looking to improve your mental health, listen to a mindfulness podcast on your way to work. The key is to start with what you can do today, and build on that foundation.
Prepare mentally for setbacks, and be kind to yourself when they happen. Creating a healthy lifestyle is a journey; and getting your mind and body in balance (along with work, laundry, and kids) takes practice.
For a motivation boost, share your health goals with an accountability partner, or log them into an app - there are so many awesome apps out there!
TAKE CHARGE IN THE KITCHEN
The kitchen is king! If you’re serious about living your healthiest mom life, this is where you should focus most of your attention.
If physical health and weight loss is your goal, the first task on your list should be throwing away all the food in your pantry that may lead you away from your goals. Write down all the food you are currently eating, and slowly start to avoid the things that you feel aren't fuelling your body.
Another way of staying on top of your nutrition is to create a list of easy recipes that you can cook in bulk, once a week. Meal planning takes the stress out of not having the time or creative energy, to whip up a wholesome meal for your family when you get home after a long day at work. It also saves a pretty penny!
There are also some fantastic meal delivery services that cater healthy, wholesome family meals. Decide which nights you’ll order in, and stick to it.
Think of quick snacks that curb those midday cravings, and stock up! Do you and your kiddos have a sweet tooth? Keep berries in a freezer bag for a quick smoothie. Craving for savoury? Dip some carrots in a healthy hummus spread.
SCHEDULE YOUR EXERCISE AND SLEEP
When you prioritize things, they get done. Simple as that.
Schedule your exercise, no matter what. Exercising daily will not only improve your physical health but also help you to be a more relaxed and happy mom. Even if it means you have to swap the treadmill for a walk to the park with your kids on days where they need extra attention, you can get it done. Go mama, go!
If you’re lacking motivation or don’t know where to start, scroll down to follow some of our favorite fit mommies, who can help you train from home through their easy and efficient training guides and online programmes! You can also place triggers to remind yourself of your workout goals, like placing your running shoes by your bedside so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up.
Someone once said that world is a better place after a good night’s sleep, and we couldn't agree more. One of the best ways to optimize your health is to get some good old shut-eye. It’s great for the immune system and for overall emotional happiness.
We’ve also heard that you can create extra hours in the day by creating a good night routine! ;) Get yourself and the kids into a good habit of resting well after dinner time. Try listening to music or reading before bedtime. This will help you to switch your mind off for a good night’s rest.
ASK FOR HELP
Mommies, asking for help is not a weakness. In fact, it can be your greatest strength!
Optimizing your time is an easy way to achieve a healthy routine, and sometimes means letting someone else step in, whether it's a family member or hired help. In other words, asking for help, can HELP you achieve your health goals.
Asking your spouse to put the kids to bed, or to help with the dishes, can give you a few minutes to catch up on your favorite reality tv show, or allow you to get a quick workout in.
There are so many wonderful groups on Instagram and Facebook for mommies. These groups, people and pages on social media are incredible resources for all things fitness, nutrition and general mom-life things.
CREATE HEALTHY AND MINDFUL HABITS
A great way to achieve balance is nurturing your mind, body and soul by being present and organized.
Take two minutes to lay out your outfit for the next day, or make your bed in the morning. Starting your day with simple, small "wins" will make you feel productive and boost your mood. Happy mom, happy family!
Carry a water bottle and healthy snacks with you, no matter where you go. Place it by the front door so you don't forget to take it before leaving the house. Let your health goals stare you in the face!
Make time to connect with your spouse, even if it’s taking 30 minutes out to hear their top three highlights of the week over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Emotional health is super important!
Self-love is healthy! Make sure to spoil yourself with what makes you feel like like a woman. It doesn't have to be glamorous...a homemade mask is also a treat!
No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey, know that you can become your best self, by making yourself a priority!
FIT MOMMIES WE LOVE
We adore these active and fit mommies on Instagram! Follow along as they share their favorite workouts, delicious recipes and tips to living a healthy mom life. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite fitspiration!
CHONTEL DUNCAN @chontelduncan inspires us to be FIERCE and strong! We can't wait to smash a workout in her gym, @hiitaustralia! PS. Fierce 2.0 is launching soon on SWEAT and we are SO looking forward to it!
SIA COOPER @diaryofafitmommyofficial is one of the sweetest and most determined #fitmoms ever. We love following Sia as she posts the best home workouts and her recipes are so delicious! Check out her Strong Body Guides and you'll see why she's on our list ;)
KAITLIN ZULOAGA @trainerkaitlin Getting fit from home is easy with Kaitlin's detailed workout videos! She is a ball of energy and always having fun! We guarantee you'll want to sign up to her HIIT programme as soon as you see her videos!
JAMIE CARLSON @jamie_carlson One of our #fitphytWoW favorites ;) We love this lady for keeping things honest and real on IG! Jamie is an incredible training coach and ready to help you change your life. Join her Fierce, Fit, Faithful programme now!
KAYLA ITSINES @kaylaitsines Of course, new momma Kayla is a favorite at team fitphyt! We love Kayla's mission and everything she stands for being positive and uplifting! If you're not already following along, be sure to check her out.