Well, it’s that time of year again, time to send the kiddos off to school. Or if you’re a homeschooler (like me) it’s time to promote your kids and start their new routines (just in case the rules got a little “relaxed” over the summer)!
While you are busy instilling the importance of routines in your children, it is also a good time to lead by example and start up your health and fitness routines as well.
Drink More Water
When you are busy purchasing school supplies, backpacks and lunch bags, purchase yourself a new PABA free water bottle. Start filling it up with filtered water and take it with you to work or carry it with you during the day. Make a conscious effort to drink more water, even if you aren’t up to the standard 48+ ounces of water each day.
Make Time To Exercise
I know it’s hard to find the time to exercise. Between working full time, taking care of 3 children, homeschooling, church, and everything else, exercise usually falls to the back burner. But exercise is really one thing that we shouldn’t skip out on. We joined our local Family Life Center that has an indoor swimming pool. Kids are allowed during “free swim” as long as they aren’t horsing around. So I strap on the “floatie” belts and we practice our swimming skills for an hour or so. The whole time I am helping my kids swim, I am treading water so I get a great workout, and the kids think it’s fun. Best of all – I get to exercise without sacrificing time with my family. I also take advantage of two 15 minute breaks each day and slip on some walking shoes and walk around the building with two co-workers. It’s amazing how a brisk walk can help energize your mind and body for the rest of the work day.
Go To Bed On Time
It’s so easy to try to stay up late to just “get a little more work done.” But sleep is necessary for our bodies, and most of us don’t get enough sleep (especially moms!) Especially during the summer, when it seems to stay light out until 10, I find myself staying up later and later, and getting up earlier to get things done. When you start your kids on their school sleeping routine, start yourself on one too. Since on any given night I have no idea how many times I will be woken up between my three kids, I now try to make it a point to get in bed no later than 11 p.m. That way when the alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. I will have gotten around 7-8 hours of sleep.
Now is a great time to get yourself back into the swing of things along with everyone else. Simply decide what your back to school routine will be and get started – and remember to keep after yourself just like one of your kids. You’ll thank yourself when you’re older!
Article by Stefani Padilla, author, entrepreneur, home base business owner, wife and mom. She is also the author of “Swine Flu Survival Guide for Moms” and the new website http://www.swineflumom.com – a community and forum dedicated to helping moms connect and share resources during the swine flu pandemic. For more free articles like this one on improving your health visit Health Smart Mom at http://www.healthsmartmom.com.