Are you struggling to lose weight? Um, who isn’t right? Who doesn’t want to drop a few unwanted pounds before spring or summer? Losing weight doesn’t require expensive gym memberships or countless hours of working out. Seriously, who has that kind of time or money? Surely not me! How about you? We’ve got five realistic fitness tips for busy parents that wont take away from your busy schedules. Sounds awesome, eh?
Harley Pasternak’s Fitness Tips for Busy Parents
Resist: Even the busiest mom or dad can carve out at least 5 minutes to do some resistance “sculpting” exercise. Pick one exercise a day (i.e. lunge, squats, superman) and do 3-4 sets of 20 reps. Over time, add some weight and increase the sets.
Walk: You shouldn’t stop moving from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. Use an activity monitor like a Fitbit to make sure you walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Make your phone calls as you walk around the block, park your car a little further away, take the stairs, and walk to your favorite cafe in the morning (instead of brewing your own).
Blend: Soups and smoothies are the perfect “on the go” meals that take only seconds to prepare. They’re a great way to get all your veggies, fruits, healthy fats and lean protein in one meal.
Be Entertained… But Not on the Couch: I tell all my busy parents to make sure they’re moving while watching their favorite show on a comfortable recliner. Whether it be “Breaking Bad” or “House of Cards,” stream your show to your phone or tablet with Netflix and you may end up working out longer and harder!
Sleep: One of the most common complaints I get from parents is they are exhausted! It’s so important to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Parents — make sure there is no light at all in your bedroom. That means no cell phones flickering, televisions blaring or alarm clocks flashing. Studies show even the smallest amount of light can disturb your sleep patterns. Other sleep tips include avoiding caffeine after noon, wearing an eye mask and avoiding surfing the web before you fall asleep.
Want more fitness inspiration? Take a peek at our list of shows to watch while you walk.
Disclaimer: I’m part of the Netflix Stream Team and I received a complimentary item in exchange for this post.