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Parent Power: What It Takes to Keep Up with Your Active Children

Many adults struggle to find enough energy to get through their workday, and it is common to want to do nothing more than relax in front of the TV in your free time. However, if you have busy, active children, you may be wondering how you can possibly keep up with them. If your days regularly feel like marathon events, there are a few steps you can take to better manage the situation.

Use a Scheduling App

One of the best steps that you can take to keep up with your active children is to avoid getting overbooked. The stress of having too much on your plate can leave you feeling worn out and fatigued. There are many great scheduling apps that can be downloaded to your phone. These will make it easier for you to manage your time so that your daily activities are more balanced. Be sure to include all of your professional and personal activities on the app as well as the kids’ various activities and plans.

Get Regular Exercise

When you are tired at the end of each day, it may seem counterintuitive to add more activity to your day. However, exercise can release stress and leave you feeling rejuvenated. If you plan to exercise regularly, bring water or a recovery drink, like ASEA, with you to stay hydrated, and pack a healthy snack to enjoy before or after your workout. When you start exercising regularly, you may feel a greater sense of energy throughout the day.

Follow a Healthy Diet Plan

You can burn many calories each day, and your body can easily become depleted of nutrients. The best idea is to start each day with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast to get a boost of energy from the start. Then, enjoy healthy fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods throughout the day to maintain your energy level. Avoid eating sugary foods. These give you a sudden burst of energy, but they quickly leave you feeling depleted of energy. Healthier foods can help you to maintain a great energy level for a longer period of time.

Get Ample Rest Each Night

One of the surefire things you can do to feel fatigued during the day is to get an insufficient amount of sleep the night before. If you regularly feel exhausted, this is a sign that your body could use more sleep. Try to go to sleep an hour earlier each night. This extra sleep can make a world of difference in how you feel throughout the next day. Remember that most adults need at least six to seven hours of sleep each night. However, each person is unique, and you need to find a sleep schedule that allows you to wake up feeling fully rested each morning. If you regularly feel exhausted before you even get out of bed, this is a sign that you are not getting enough sleep at night.

When you have a busy career during the day and active kids pulling you in every direction in your free time, it is easy to feel run down. Both the stress of having so many activities and the amount of energy that your body uses each day can make you feel exhausted. Issues related to poor health and bad sleeping habits can add to your feeling of fatigue. Managing your time better and staying health through an improved lifestyle can have a major impact on how you feel each day. You understandably want to be able to keep up with your kids and to be an active parent who participates in their lives each day. Adopt these tips into your life today to start enjoying more energy each day.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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