As a new mum, it can be easy to put your needs to the bottom of the pile, but unhealthy habits can creep up on you and affect your wellbeing and fitness levels.
Here are six suggestions of easy, attainable health goals that can you try out, either one at a time or even altogether if you feel brave…
Eat a healthy breakfast every day
Breakfast time can often be chaotic, especially if you have more than one child to feed! You can end up with little time for yourself, so grabbing a quick coffee and a piece of toast is as good as it gets, if indeed you have time at all.
Eating a healthy breakfast really does set you up for the day, and provides vital nutrients that keep you going physically and mentally throughout the morning.
The NHS has some great ideas for simple yet healthy breakfast ideas, but if you’re stuck for inspiration, why not make yourself a super healthy yogurt bowl with greek yogurt, berries, almonds and a drizzle of honey, or go savoury and make two dippy eggs served with smoked salmon and a few wholemeal soldiers?
Set yourself the target of ensuring you have a healthy and nutritious breakfast at least three times a week.
Drink more water
Drinking around two liters of water a day can do wonders for your wellbeing. It will improve your brain function, boost your metabolism, hydrate your skin and even add to weight loss, and if it’s hotter or you are taking part in physical exercise, you’ll need even more.
If you fancy jazzing up your water consumption, invest in a water bottle with a compartment for adding fruit or other ingredients, and try a few different combinations. Slices of lemon and lime, or cucumber and mint leaves will add a twist of flavour to your water, making it a bit more interesting to drink.
Try filling up your bottle every morning, with the target of finishing the lot before a certain time. You’ll soon notice a huge difference in how you feel.
Get out of the house every day for a walk in the fresh air
Smaller babies with not-so-predicable sleep routines can mean it can feel much easier to stay at home and watch Disney movies some days, or your busy mum routine could mean that you rely on the car more than you should.
Walking is a great way to get fit and healthy, so make it a goal to get out for a walk every day, even if it’s just for half an hour.
Additionally, fresh air is supposed to be great for baby’s sleep, so wrap them up if it’s cold, and get walking!
Cut back (or cut out!) the wine
There is a growing movement for mums to cut back or even cut out alcohol, after slipping into a large-glass-of-wine every night habit. Social media bombards mums with messages about needing gin, Prosecco or wine to get through the week, but just how much difference would it make to your life if you cut down?
For starters, you would ditch the morning headaches and mini hangovers, and feel more alert for the rest of the day, and it may make a difference to how you feel too, especially when it comes to getting active.
Aussie/ Brit blogger and influencer Mim Jenkinson has written extensively on this issue and is writing a book on the subject. If you want to find out more and join the chat, you can even join her Facebook group, Less Wine, More Time, to chat to other mums about their journeys.
If you just fancy cutting down or becoming more mindful about how much you drink, then make it a goal to have a few nights alcohol-free every week, and take it from there…
Attend one fitness class per week
Attending a fitness class, be it yoga, pilates or something more lively such as dancercise or kickboxing, will get you out of the house to do something that will keep you fit and boost your endorphins.
Grab your best mummy mates for extra accountability (and fun!), and make it a regular thing that you do together every week.
Go to bed early
It can so SO easy as a parent to choose to stay up a little later, just to cram in some extra you time. But, late nights coupled with early mornings makes for one tired mummy…
Getting enough sleep will do wonders for your wellbeing and even help you to avoid health conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. And, in the short term, you’ll have more energy and feel far less grumpy if you get a good night’s sleep.
Make it a goal to go to bed earlier at least three times a week.
What simple change could you make that will boost your fitness journey?