How many of you moms can’t seem to find time to exercise and eat healthy? I’m guessing a lot of you because trying to find the time to focus on yourself when there are things like carpool, homework, and sibling rivalries going on is near impossible.
Even though it is difficult, it is really important for parents to focus on their own health so that we can give our best selves to our family so today I am partnering with Bumble Bee® Seasoned Tuna Pouch with Spoon to bring you a simple walk to run workout plan and other tips to stay healthy with a busy lifestyle.
There are different ways that I have found to squeeze in “me time” and help improve my health even while being a busy mom. It never takes a lot of time, but I always feel better if I follow these tips.
Tips for Staying Active & Healthy
I know you have heard it a million times, but you really will feel so much better and have so much more energy if you drink the proper amount of water each day.
For my weight, I need to drink 4 bottles of water per day so I try to lay out the bottles on my kitchen counter the night before so that I can see the bottles that I still have to drink throughout the next day.
The rule that I have always been told is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150lbs you would need to drink 75 ounces of water per day.
Resolve to Eat Better
Eating healthy is not that difficult, but when you don’t plan to eat healthy it is easy to fail. The key to eating healthy when you are a busy mom is easy and convenient meals. Most of us do not have hours to prep elaborate healthy meals.
Make a promise to yourself today that you are going to resolve to eat better and make healthier choices when it comes to mealtime. Soon it will be a habit and you won’t even have to think about whether or not you are eating healthy, you just will!
My favorite quick and healthy meal to take with me on the go or just eat at my desk are Bumble Bee® Seasoned Tuna Pouches. They come pre-seasoned (my favorite is the lemon & pepper!) with a spoon in the package so all you need to do is open and eat. You can eat these in the pick-up lane at school, after a quick workout, or for an afternoon snack at your desk.
I also dress them up for mealtime by putting the tuna in a wrap or using the tuna in a salad. They are super convenient and when I have them around I am never tempted to reach for the not so healthy food around me.
Since they are already pre-seasoned the flavor is already bold enough to eat it out of the package without having to worry about mixing it with anything or seasoning it.
These Seasoned Tuna Pouches are also a REALLY good post-workout snack because they are so high in protein!
Some other really great “grab & go” healthy foods to eat are things like:
- Apple slices
- Lunch meat
- Greek yogurt cups
- Turkey jerky
You do not have to spend hours of your day exercising to be healthy. Not even close!
Some of the hardest workouts I do are only 20-25 minutes long. Walking just 30 minutes per day decreases your risk of heart disease and decreases bad cholesterol!
Finding the time to workout is not always easy, but there are ways to make it work. You can wake up before the kids to walk for 30 minutes or incorporate the kids into your daily walk. One of my favorite bonding times with my daughter is when we go on walks and talk with no interruptions!
My toddler also loves to do yoga or “workout” beside me doing her version of squats and push-ups. When you exercise in front of your children you are inspiring them to incorporate exercise into their lives at a young age, which will follow them into adult life.
Ideas for short workouts:
- Search Pinterest for at home workouts
- Walking for 30 minutes in the morning before the kids wake up
- Use a free program like Bikini Body Mommy (20 minutes at home workouts)
- Go on a walk with kids
- Walk around the park while the kids are playing
Walker to Runner Plan
Monday: Run 1 minute, Walk 1 minute (x10) = 20 minutes
Wednesday: Run 1 minute, Walk 1 minute (x11) = 22 minutes
Friday: Run 1 minute, Walk 1 minute (x12) = 24 minutes
Monday: Run 2 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x7) = 21 minutes
Wednesday: Run 2 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x8) = 24 minutes
Friday: Run 3 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x6) = 24 minutes
Monday: Run 3 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x7) = 28 minutes
Wednesday: Run 4 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x5) = 25 minutes
Friday: Run 5 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x5) = 30 minutes
Monday: Run 6 minutes, Walk 1 minute (x4) = 28 minutes
Wednesday: Run 7 minutes, Walk 1 min (x4) = 32 minutes
Friday: Run 8 minutes, Walk 30 seconds (x4) = 34 minutes
Monday: Run 9 minutes, Walk 1 min (x3) = 30 minutes
Wednesday: Run 10 minutes, Walk 1 min (x3) = 33 minutes
Friday: Run 12 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 12 minutes = 25 minutes
Monday: Run 14 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 14 minutes = 29 minutes
Wednesday: Run 16 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 16 minutes = 33 minutes
Friday: Run 18 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 16 minutes = 35 minutes
Monday: Run 20 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 10 minutes = 31 minutes
Wednesday: Run 22 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 10 minutes = 33 minutes
Friday: Run 24 minutes, Walk 1 minute, Run 10 minutes = 35 minutes
Monday: Run 26 minutes
Wednesday: Run 28 minutes
Friday: Run 30 minutes
Don’t forget to grab a Bumble Seasoned Tuna Pouch after your runs! It is packed with protein and makes a great after workout snack!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bumble Bee® Seasoned Tuna Pouch with Spoon.