Simple Things Parents Can Do Every Day To Stay Healthy | Rocky Mountain Health Blog



Tips for Busy Parents to Stay Fit and Healthy

As a busy parent, it can feel like you spend more time and energy keeping your kids healthy than you do focusing on your own health and wellness. We can’t give you more hours in a day, but we can suggest some simple things you can do every day to squeeze in more health and fitness.

1. Add more mindfulness into your day

Mindfulness, or the act of being fully engaged in and aware of the present moment, doesn’t require any special equipment or knowledge. Adding a quick five-minute mindfulness practice into your daily routine can help keep your mind healthy and happy.

Learn more about 7 ways mindfulness reduces stress here, and then consider installing one of these calming meditation apps onto your smartphone or tablet.

2. Make mealtime a family affair

Involving your kids in mealtime preparations will ensure the entire family enjoys a healthy diet, including you. Try these tips for pulling together family dinners in a flash.

3. Try a quick and easy sheet pan dinner when an elaborate meal isn’t on the agenda

These four easy sheet pan dinners are healthy, delicious, and don’t require much effort to make. Keep them in mind for busy weeknights when cooking is the last thing you want to do.

4. With kids in school, pay attention to hygiene

It’s not uncommon for kids to catch colds when they’re exposed to germs at school, especially when they first return to the classroom. To protect yourself and the rest of the family, make regular hand washing and other hygiene practices an integral part of your daily routine. It’s one of the simplest, easiest ways to stay healthy.

5. Opt for shorter workouts

A short workout can be just as effective as a longer sweat session. The feeling of a long workout can be great, but sometimes there’s just not time for a gym session or a run that will take an hour or more of your day.

You can find fitness videos on YouTube and elsewhere online, ranging from yoga to HIIT and everything in between. This 30-minute workout was designed for lunch breaks, but it’s also ideal for busy parents who are short on time.

6. Remember, sometimes life gets in the way

It’s important to prioritize health and fitness, but it’s equally important to remember that “life happens. Being kinder to yourself is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellbeing.