It is really important these days to keep up health, so as to cope with the changing societal currents. But when we are busy parents, it becomes tough to get time for ourselves as the kid has to be taken care, rather extra care. Every Parent needs some time to prepare himself or herself mentally and physically for parenting the child and bringing him/her up. Also, we start concentrating very less upon ourselves when we are new parents and the kid is all salient and central to our days and nights.
A parent must be feeling good and keeping well for bringing up a healthy child. No intense gym, no prolonged yoga, no hard work out schedules or strict gym routines are required for a parent to have some ‘me’ time. A simple way of keeping oneself healthy while taking good care of a child is some time to be taken out in a day to invest in Running. This helps in keeping up the basic metabolic rate of the body.
In addition, running regulates all the fundamental functions of the body; hence, it can help the parent take good care of himself/herself along with the kid. When a mother or father is healthy, the upbringing of a child is automatically healthy and strong. The child needs nourishment from healthy parents and not only physical health matters here. Mental stability matters too, which is energized by running.
Running channelizes the flow of energy in our body and hence, is really known to work wonders when it comes to energy investment for parenting children. To take care of a child and to look after the Nitti gritties of a kid’s requirements takes lot of time which makes it difficult for parents to have some time for themselves. A few ways can be chalked out so that parents could find some time for them and invest in running along with taking good care for their children. The best way to do so is to involve the kids in this.
Having a gym with a separate kid’s zone
To invest some time at a gym is a good option for keeping up the health but one must not subtract that portion of time from the entire time invested for a kid. Hence, it is better rather a wise decision to choose a gym which has facilities for kids and provisions for keeping the children in a separate zone. This can ensure the parents a good time to work out and that too with a sense of security regarding the children.
Utilizing the break times
Usually parents get small breaks while pickups, drop downs and waiting for kids. These small time gaps ought to be utilized well by walking, bits and pieces of exercising and running as well. These smaller breaks are generally wasted and hence, must be utilized well by parents.
Making walking apriority
Parents find their children all central, gaining all salience; but parents must not forget about themselves as only a happy parent can bring up a happy child, a health parent can cast a child into a healthy mould. Hence, prioritizing walking and running is essential for parents. One must set up a routine so that full care can be taken of a child and along with that have some specified time in the schedule for running. One must set alarms early in the morning before parents start investing time for the kid; and run in the mean while. Also after all the household shores for a child is done, parents must have some time for running.
Carrying kids in prams
Having a walk with kids in baby prams is a good option. The kid stays with the parent, safe, secured and the parent can have a gentle walk as well. No question of separating the kid from the child arises here; and this can ensure a safe and gentle walk across the park.
Baby Stroller is a good option:
Buying a Baby Stroller is a wise decision to be made when it comes to having your kid with yourself while running. A baby stroller is completely safe and makes running quite flexible for the parents too. One can have a great workout, working upon the spine, hips and pelvis while having the kid in a stroller. Also hard running is possible when parents are carrying the kids in a stroller. To invest some money for a baby stroller is a wise option.
Other parents as mates
Having other parents as running mates is a good option. This builds bonds and networks too.
Also splitting up long runs is a good option for parents as they do not get much time at a longer stretch. Involving kids when parents find time to run is always preferred. Kids must imbibe their parents following healthy routine.
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