-11 April 2019

How to live a healthier lifestyle as a mom

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Life is busy and if you’re a mom your standard answer to “how are you?” is probably “Busy!” So if we say you need to add how to live a healthier lifestyle to your already overloaded schedule, you probably scream “How? I can’t even fit in an annual gyne appointment!”

No sweat, we’re here to help. Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to add to your stress. Rather, it’s about making healthier choices, one day at a time.

So where do you start? We’ve spoken to some fitastic moms on the topic and they all agree that how to live a healthier lifestyle looks different to everyone. We have different bodies and different lifestyles, so each of us will have different choices to make. All you need to do is start.

 Here are a few ideas on how to live a healthier lifestyle as a mom:

#1: Get moving.

You’ve got to move more. “I’ve come to firmly believe that living a balanced life starts with physical fitness.  Improved physical fitness positively affects our lives as a whole,” says Natasha Kisten-Skuce from Fit Like Mummy . She believes that by exercising we improve our energy levels, better our mental focus and feel better about ourselves. “Exercising is also a great way to deal with anxiety and stress.”

Be mindful of all your actions and make a concerted effort to increase your movement.

  1. Start with parking further from the mall and do an extra lap or two around the mall whilst you’re about it.
  2. Get up from your office chair regularly to fill up your water glass. Set an alarm if you have to.
  3. Why not try to fit in a few extra steps or squats and lunges on the way to the kitchen or lounge every day? Every bit counts.

As a mom, it’s a real challenge to fit in exercise on top of all the other things you have to get done. Nkateko Dinwiddy AKA Takkies suggest that as women, we should learn to love our bodies. “If you love your body you will make time to look after it. Make sure you take between 5 and 30 minutes every day to fit in some exercise and on the less busy days, really go for it. Spend that time and make the effort.”

#2: Kick it up a notch.

Start swimming, biking or power-walking a few times a week.

  1. Practice consistency in your exercise routines or patterns. Soon you’ll be hiking and biking with your family and friends. Just start. It’s worth the effort.
  2. Try stick to exercise that increases your heart rate, like aerobic exercises.
  3. Try to push to or past 45-minutes.

#3: Cardio or weights?

The fast-paced world in which we find ourselves today drives us to always look for the best and fastest ways to get things done. This seems to have become the new normal. So when it comes to working out we naturally want to know what is going to make us faster, better and stronger.

  1. Looking at cardio vs weight training, we’ve come to the conclusion that cardio burns calories much faster than weight training.
  2. But we also learnt that weight training is essential for your resting metabolism to work harder and faster.
  3. In conclusion, both are necessary for better and faster weight loss, muscle and weight maintenance and strength.

Mapule Ndhlovu AKA Queen Fitnass suggests balancing your cardio and strength training.  “For me a healthy lifestyle also means balancing your cardio and strength training to make sure you are optimising your workout time. Being strong and fit plays a huge role in living a healthier lifestyle.”

#4: Change what and how you eat.

There is no loophole or getting around the fact that there are food items we have got to cut out of our diets. Start with all refined sugars, salt, most starches and processed foods. Those are real “badies”. And you cannot out-train a bad diet.

Why not try just one food change in your diet every week and build on it as you go along.

Natasha Kisten-Skuce from Fit Like Mummy believes that you need to plan ahead and prep your food weekly. Healthy eating diets often fail, because you fail to plan.

#5: Face the truth.

The truth is:

  1. There is no short cut.
  2. This can be fun.
  3. Involving your family or a friend is essential for accountability.
  4. Change will not happen overnight.
  5. You will feel better and better.

Everything in life has a beginning. Break up what you need to do to live a healthier lifestyle into smaller bite-size chunks and take it one choice at a time.