For Moms: 6 Easy Steps to a Healthy Routine
Before I was a mom, my daily routine was different and frankly, more flexible. Routines can be powerful when it comes to setting and achieving goals. As a mom, I rely on my routine.
Exercise in the Morning
Even if it is only a few squats, get moving in the morning! Exercise releases endorphins which not only make you feel happy, but also make you feel energized. This will ignite your metabolism first thing, so you will be burning more calories throughout the day (which is never a bad thing, right?) Rotating exercises will also keep your brain and body fresh! As little as taking 10 to 15 minutes to do one complete circuit of exercise will make a difference.
Morning “Me” Time
You know how if you’re on an airplane, and the oxygen masks are dropped down, you’re supposed to put your mask on before your child’s? It seems selfish, but it isn’t! Before you can take care of someone else, you need to take care of yourself. As a working mom finding me-time is very challenging. I like to start my day out with me-time. I am able to reset, and start fresh. Me-time can vary from a lon bath to a cup of tea to a quick meditation. It can be as simple as waking up 30 minutes earlier to take time and savor your coffee.
Switch-up Your Morning Beverage
I love me some caffeine! But, when we first wake up in the morning our body does not need caffeine, it needs water. Drinking an 8 oz glass of water in the morning will hydrate you and make you feel more awake. Try to delay your coffee or tea a few hours and the caffeine will be will actually be more effective!
Change-up your Morning Commute
Research has shown by taking a different route to work, you will improve your brain functioning. Take the scenic route and improve the neural pathways in your brain as you do! If you use public transportation, change it up by getting off at a different stop and walking a block or two longer.
Plan the Work, Work the Plan
A teacher of mine once said to me, “If you do not plan the work, plan to fail.” It is really important to have a schedule and do your best to stick to it. That means you need to SCHEDULE your me-time, exercise time, meetings, meal prep time, etc. Getting organized and having a written out schedule or using your digital calendar is crucial to accomplishing everything from mundane tasks to heart-centered goals.
Hit the Hay
If you notice, mornings seem to be really important in establishing a new routine. Make sure you are getting to bed at a decent hour. Turn off your electronics, meditate, and practice breathing deep full breaths. Most adults are not getting enough sleep. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night so you can start your day refreshed and energized!
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!