Last week we moved the baby out of our room and into her crib. It doesn’t seem like the location would make any kind of difference on the sleep, but apparently she knew she wasn’t in the confines of the master bedroom and decided to make it known. She was up about every two hours, which reminded me of the time she was just born. Come on sister, you’ve been alive for 6 months, you KNOW how to sleep…trust me. Sometimes they just don’t remember. Also she had a tooth coming in. Also she was a little backed up. All not conducive for a good night’s sleep…
So how do you function the next day after being up all night and then up early with the other kids? All moms and dads know the answer to this…you just do. It’s a power that parents have to keep your house functioning and your kids alive, even when you are on zero hours of sleep.
But what is even MORE amazing is when parents tap into their SUPERpower. This is the ability to exercise and be active when exhaustion has become their middle name. I’m going to share a few tips that I use to fit in that workout…even when lifting my eyelids seems impossible!
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I bet you thought I was going to say drink coffee (which you could also do and it would be awesome), but water is key. Hydrating yourself can increase the flow of oxygen to your body, which will make you feel more awake, alert, and ready for activity.
Eat Energy Food
Eating certain foods can give you an extra energy boost if you need it in the day.
- Eggs, almonds, and Greek yogurt revitalize your body by providing a good source of protein
- Apples, oranges, and bananas are go-to fruits for improving energy with natural sugars and vitamins
- Sweet potatoes and brown rice are good carbs that your body will use to create and maintain energy throughout the day
Stretching will gently wake up the muscles by increasing blood flow. A few simple moves can invigorate the body, release endorphins, and renew energy! Additionally, stretching is a great way to improve flexibility, range of motion, and relieve pressure on joints. And hey, if stretching is all you can muster then you’ll burn about 50 calories stretching for ten minutes!
If stretching has pushed you to do a little extra activity, you can opt for low impact or static activity.
- Ab workout
- Yoga (not the crazy hard kind)
- Stationary bike
- Tai Chi
These activities are great workout options when you have don’t have the energy for high impact activity. Make sure you ENGAGE your muscles with these types of workouts to get the best out of your workout.
I’ve noticed on my most tired days when I don’t want to do ANYTHING and I force myself to start running…the results are amazing. I usually start really slow and feel really lethargic, like I’m trudging through cement. Then something incredible happens…my brain and my body start to leave that exhaustion in the dust…and I become…SUPER MOM! Running not only burns calories and strengthens your body, but it rejuvenates your mind, relieves stress, and improves your overall health!
Sometimes it’s ok to just give in to the tired. If you are lucky enough to get a break (or get a babysitter) take a quick power nap to recharge those drained batteries. Sleep is so important for brain and body recovery…and obviously we don’t get enough of it!
The cool thing is that these tips will work even if you aren’t a parent. I remember late nights with friends, and early mornings in the office…these tips would work for those instances too!
How do you get energy to work out when you’re burning the candle at both ends?!