A new study out points to pregnancy weight as one of the contributing factors leading to obesity in America. But not losing weight after a baby is born is just the first step in a cycle that never has to start: the cycle of parents neglecting their own fitness because they’re way too busy with everything else.
Here are some ways to capitalize on the little free time you have and keep your whole family healthy and happy!
- Pregnant? Avoid the popular wisdom of ‘eating for two’ and follow stricter medical guidelines: eat no more than 300 extra calories per day and gain no more than 35 pounds during pregnancy (*may vary slightly due to age and weight). Stay active by consulting your doctor for appropriate activity levels throughout your pregnancy.
- New parent? This advice is for both women and men. It’s definitely hard work taking care of infants and chasing after toddlers, but be sure you’re taking care of yourself! Try to schedule at least 30 minutes for “you” time—take a walk, go for a run, ride an exercise bike, or work out in another way. Also, watch what you eat-even if you spend your whole day running around, if you’re not putting nutritious goods into your body, you won’t get the results you want.
- Soccer Mom or Dad? Use that soccer practice as an opportunity to train yourself! Jog or walk around the soccer field, pair up with another parent for the workout of your choice, or head to a nearby gym if you can.
- Total Family Fitness – Try to make a regular habit of exercise as a group. The possibilities are endless: biking, hiking, walking, jogging, swimming, canoeing . . . By working out as an entire family, you’ll be in better spirits and better shape!