Advice on How To Fall Back into a Healthy Routine During Back-To-School Season

Many Parents Find it Challenging to Squeeze in Time for Self-Care
Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian, Nutrisystem

(Fort Washington, PA, Wednesday, August 22, 2018) - Parenthood is a demanding and busy job, particularly during back-to-school season. With lunches to pack, homework to check, projects to oversee and activities to drive the kids to and from, it’s no wonder many parents find it challenging to squeeze in time for self-care.

But, if you want to keep up with your kids, it’s important to carve out time for healthy eating and exercise. Here are some ways to make more time for your own health:

  • Be an Early Riser: Get moving at least an hour before the kids start stirring. Work in your morning fitness routine, meditate to mentally prepare for the day, do yoga and prepare a healthy breakfast.
  • Schedule It: Schedule exercise the same you would a trip to the doctor’s office or hair salon. If it’s on a daily task list or calendar, you’re more likely to follow through.
  • Get Prepped: Nothing makes mornings more chaotic than having to pack lunches. And packing in a pinch can leave you susceptible to making hasty choices. Take 10 minutes in the evening to prepare the next day’s lunches; you will thank yourself in the morning.
  • Walk on your Lunch Break: If you find yourself really strapped for workout time, try taking a 30-minute walk before eating your lunch.
  • Get the Kids Moving: Round up the family and take a long, after-dinner stroll. Share stories and highlights from the day.

While it sounds counter-intuitive or even impossible to put yourself first when you’re a parent, prioritizing your health and fitness is essential to keeping up with parental demands. This back-to-school season, stay focused on the fact that you still need time for you.

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