I know a lot of mums that have low energy pretty regularly.
And it’s no wonder why. When you think of all the things you do in your day, and sometimes with very little sleep, it’s incredible that you keep moving at all.
I know exactly how you feel, and I’ve also got an easy solution.
The best way to have more energy
Believe it or not, the best thing to get more energy is to get outside and get moving.
Going for a walk is one of the best ways I know to raise your energy levels. Now I’m not talking about a power walk (unless you want to), but a nice leisurely paced walk.
For busy mums with babies and toddlers that can be quite an effort, but here are some ideas to help you. These are all things I did for years with my kids.
Firstly put your bub in a pram and just get walking. Go around the block, or find a path through a local park. Most babies like the rocking motion of being in a pram and usually fall asleep.
Even if they don’t fall asleep, there is an ever changing background for them to look at and keep them happy!
If you have a toddler, then maybe they could ride a little bike or scooter while you walk.
My kids always loved riding their bikes and scooters alongside me, from when they were little until they were teenagers and would go ahead on their own (when I was too slow for them!). Where I live I often see mums out with prams, strollers, bikes, scooters and even walking with the dog as well.
Give your mood a boost
Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine will also make you feel so much better.
We all need a certain amount of Vitamin D and if you or your family have had any coughs and colds, then breathing in that fresh air is a great way to blow away all those nasty germs.
Sometimes new mums and stay-at-home parents struggle to adjust to ‘home life’, and can get a bit depressed staying at home and not interacting with other adults as often as they used to.
Getting outside and moving can have the amazing benefit of helping to boost your mood and motivation levels. If this is something you struggle with, then get outdoors and watch your mood start to rise.
Finding time to walk
If you struggle to fit the time in, here are some ideas to fit a bit of walking into your day:
- Walk your kids to and from school
- Instead of coffee, go for a walk with friends or other mums with young children (energy from exercise is way more beneficial than the boost – and crash – from caffeine)
- When dad gets home, go for a fifteen minute walk with your whole family and catch up on the day
As I mentioned, there is always a lot to look at and this can be a great time to chat with your toddler and young children. They’ll get to explore and ask lots of questions about the world around them, or maybe even chat about their day at school.
Walking is a much better way to interact with your children than watching a DVD or playing on an iPad (or something similar).
Also, getting outdoors will help to use up some of that boundless energy kids seem to have, and you’ll likely see them having better sleep as a result.
It’s time to start!
Even though my children have all grown and I’m now a very proud grandmother, I still go out walking to boost my energy levels. And now one of my favourite things to do is take my grandson for a walk through the park in his pram.
If you’re ready to give it a go, aim for at least ten minutes a day.
You’ll get the most benefit if you can aim for closer to 30 minutes, but no matter what you can fit in, you’ll really start to feel the benefits.
Give it a go, I know you and your family will feel better. Most importantly, you’ll start to have loads more energy to get through your day!
So now it’s your turn – tell me, what are you going to try? Where are you going to fit in your 15-30 minutes, and will you commit to getting a small walk in most days?