The summer is approaching, which means that the most of your body will soon be exposed to the warm sun and to the gaze of everyone around you. However, you should never be concerned by the opinions and scrutiny of other people, but you should ask yourself whether or not you feel comfortable in your own skin. If the answer to this question is negative, then now is the best time to do something about it, seeing that the spring is already upon us.
Maybe you’ve already got enough on your plate and you just can’t find the time to fit in exercise into your busy schedule, but this article will help you get the most out of what you’ve got. Here’s a short guide on getting in shape for summer for all those busy moms that need to wing it a lot.
Do shorter workouts
Working out for an hour or even more does sound a bit intimidating, especially if you’ve just started getting back on track after a while. Being a mom is a full-time job as it is, but when you add house work and your job to the equation, well, there isn’t much time left for anything else, except perhaps breathing (and occasionally panicking).
A good way to encourage yourself to exercise as regularly as possible is to do short workouts whenever the chance arises. If you’ve got an hour long lunch break, why not use thirty minutes of it to do some cardio in your office or even go for a short run? There are a number of workout regimes that only last about 15-2o minutes, but they still enable you to put in the effort. Besides, there’s a bunch of exercises you can do while sitting at your desk, folding the laundry or running errands, all you have to do is get creative.
Rise to shine
If you feel like the day doesn’t have enough hours in it, start waking up earlier. This might sounds a bit ruthless, seeing that you probably already get out of the bed quite early, but you do need to carve out some time for yourself. Exercise is an investment into ourselves, into how we feel and what we do with our bodies, so waking up with the sun to honor yourself isn’t the worst thing in the world. When you rise before everybody else in the household, you’ve got plenty of time to go for a jog, do some cardio or even high intensity interval training and still get everything in order for the rest of the day. You can always find a way to work out, what’s most important here is not to find excuses not to do so.
Eat healthy instead of dieting
Whenever we want to lose weight, we first turn to fad diets that end up doing us no good. The main reasons for gaining weight are unhealthy habits and the lack of physical activity, and by going on a diet you’re exchanging one bad eating habit for another. Even if a certain diet helps you lose weight by eradicating carbs completely, it’s not sustainable, which means that sooner or later you will have to cook and eat regular food and pounds will just come rushing back. That is why it’s vital to nurture healthy eating habits that include plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and simple carbs that provide you with energy. You want you and your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and eating well is at the foundation of this intention. Besides, by eating healthy meals your children will learn from an early age that consuming right foods is what they should always do, instead of going for snacks and processed products.
Don’t shy away from water
We tend to forget just how much good we get from staying hydrated and how beneficial it is for our bodies. Not only does water enable our metabolism to function smoothly, but it also helps us curb cravings and hunger in general, especially late at night, when we really want that last piece of chocolate cake. Filling up on water makes it much harder to reach for sweets or any other kind of fatty food, plus it is essential for boosting fat burning processes, as your body works much better with enough water to replenish it constantly. So grab a water bottle, carry it around wherever you go and when you see something that you would like to nosh on, just take a swig of water and move on.
Getting in shape is all about determination and reaching your goals. We know just how busy you are and how painful it can be to get yourself to work out, but you just need to start. When you put on your workout clothes, you’re already halfway there, just keep going and once you start your training, things will roll for themselves from there.
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.