8. Get Your Sleep
The amount of sleep you get at night can have a direct effect on how many calories you consume during the day. First of all, lack of sleep equals a need for energy. Many parents don’t have time to rest, so the solution is to grab a sugary, caffeinated drink or a not-so-healthy snack to get a quick boost.
In addition, hormones that regulate appetite, metabolism and calorie burning balance themselves at night while you sleep. Sleep deprivation results in more feelings of hunger the next day and a general slow-down in metabolism, which leads to weight gain. Not to mention you're so tired at the end of the day, you can barely get home for dinner, let alone make a trip to the gym.
9. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water helps boost your metabolism and cleanse your body of waste. It also helps your body retain less water overall, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight. Being hydrated also helps you avoid taking in extra calories from sugary beverages.
And water is just plain good for you. You’ll feel better, have more energy and be able to push yourself harder during workouts if you stay hydrated.
Don’t love the taste of plain water? Add some natural flavors from lemons, oranges, cucumbers, berries or mint to keep your taste buds happy.
10. Get Support and Accountability
As a busy parent, staying fit require a lot of support. It’s much more difficult to stay committed to your goals if you go it alone.
Working with a trainer or having workout buddies is a great way to keep you accountable. You’ll be less likely to cancel or skip your workout if you are meeting friends for a walk or group exercise class. Sharing your goals with your spouse, family and friends who will encourage and support you can also help you stay motivated even when you feel like giving up.
Just remember to be patient with yourself. Your day’s aren’t always going to go as planned. Life happens. Kids get sick. You get overwhelmed. Getting your workouts in and staying on track with healthy habits is a challenge for anyone, let alone a parent juggling multiple roles at once. It won’t always be perfect, but consistency is the most important element to success.
By Sarah Haas. Sarah is a women’s weight loss and fitness coach, integrative nutrition health coach, certified personal trainer, and diabetes expert. Sarah has a passion for empowering busy women to find body love and get their swagger on.