As moms we often put the needs of our family before ourselves. And while this is done with the best of intentions, sometimes we do need to be a little selfish. When it comes to our personal health, I think it’s definitely okay to be a little selfish and put our own needs first. And yes, I am plenty of guilty of doing this but when it comes to my health, I really do need to think about myself. That’s why I’m sharing my tips on motherhood for staying healthy – so I can be at my best for both for my own sake and for my family.
What does it mean to be “healthy”?
So we know that it’s important to be healthy but what does it mean to be healthy? Is it about physical health, mental health, spiritual health, or a combination? Should we focus on one more than the others or go for a balance? For purposes of this post, we’re going to focus on physical health and what it entails.
Physical health includes:
- fitness and physical activity
- a balanced diet
- plenty of sleep
- regular visits to the doctor
It’s important for us, as moms, to maintain good physical health so we can be at our best- both for ourselves and for our family. By staying physically healthy, we are also setting a good example for our children.
We’ll definitely talk about sleep in a later post, so today we’re going to focus on fitness and a balanced diet.
Incorporating Daily Fitness
With only 24 hours in a day (and less that for useable hours since we do need to sleep), how are we supposed to get daily fitness in? Sure, running after a busy toddler or preschooler may seem like exercise enough but there are definitely plenty of ways to get some fitness in every day.
- Mommy and me swim lessons (or mommy and me yoga)
- Fitness routines that you can do at home
- Daily walks
- Playing on the playground
- Jump rope
And there are other numerous ways to get your daily exercise in. For me, personally, I attempted to start yoga at home. I say attempt because I haven’t gotten very far. I do try to take daily walks with Squeaker and I’m also looking into a mommy and me swim class.
Maintaining a Balanced Diet
As part of our Ditch the Junk challenge, we began reducing our sugar intake as a part of our healthier eating habits. We already cook most of our meals at home so we can better control what’s going into our food. This helps, somewhat, with getting a balanced diet and making sure that we’re taking care of ourselves.
But just what is a balanced diet?
A balance diet contains:
- healthy fats
- fruits and vegetables
A balanced diet could also be about portion control. Or about having five small meals instead of three big meals.
What else could a balanced diet include?
But just what are probiotics and are they really that important?
If you’re like me and you’ve seen the commercials, you may be a little more than skeptical about whether or not taking a daily probiotic is worth it. Believe me this was something I questioned… even as I was taking steps to becoming healthier.
Probiotics are believed to assist the body’s digestive system and are sometimes recommended by physicians. More frequently, however, probiotics are recommended by nutritionists as part of a healthy, well balanced diet program. Some theories even exist that suggest these dietary supplements may help to strengthen the immune system.
I was recently given the opportunity to incorporate Align Probiotic into my daily routine. Align Probiotic helps maintain your digestive system’s natural balance. *
Every morning for a week, after having breakfast and just after brushing my teeth, I took one of my Align Probiotic.
After one week, the difference was subtle but definitely noticeable. And it was enough for me to be convinced that I should continue taking my Align Probiotic for the rest of the month.
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As moms we should do our best to take care of ourselves, even if it does mean being a little selfish. I hope that you’ve found today’s motherhood tips for staying healthy useful.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.