1. Drink water. Like the leaves on a neglected houseplant, your cells go lifeless when they’re dehydrated. All bodies need water to produce energy and stay healthy. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say women should drink about 11.5 cups of water a day — more when we exercise.
2. Get your sweat on. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym. Go for a 30 minute walk or jog with the stroller. Download some Zumba off YouTube. Experts say adding a little weight training to your cardio can improve balance, blood pressure, bone density, flexibility, and energy.3. Be thoughtful about intake. Food is fuel. Fast food (whether McDonald’s or a handful of chips on the way out the door) is convenient but not a great source of energy. Make sure you’re getting the nutrients your cells need to keep your heart pumping and your muscles moving. Next time you’re hungry and in a rush, grab a handful of almonds or cashews. They’re full of magnesium which is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. 4. Take a probiotic. Sluggish digestion can make your whole body feel heavy and tired. Probiotics help add to the “good” bacteria in your system and can aid in speedy digestion and make you feel more energetic and healthy.
5. Eat breakfast. Start your day right by putting some energy-packed food in your system. Eggs, oatmeal, grapefruit, bananas, berries all provide your body with the building blocks of health and energy. Morning meals feeling mundane? Here are a few ideas to mix it up. Whatever your morning routine, put breakfast near the top of the list.
Being a mom is like being a prize-fighter — just when you think you're at your limit, there's a whole nother round to go. A few tweaks in your routine can help make sure you have the energy for whatever comes at you when the bell rings.