Top Tips on Being a Healthy Parent

Keeping your kids fit and healthy is a full-time job, but what about yourself?

In order to teach your children the importance of being happy and healthy, It's just as vital to take care of your own well being.

Netball star Liz Ellis shares her top tips on how to be a healthy parent:

1. Get incidental exercise - it is easier than putting aside time for exercise, and your kids will benefit too! I tend to park a couple of blocks away from where i want to get to and walk the rest of the way with my daughter. I take the stairs wherever possible, and most importantly I congratulate myself for carting around a 15kg weight for half the day when my toddler wants to be carried!

2. Avoid eating the kid’s leftovers - You know the drill, you feed the kids and you haven't made your own lunch or dinner yet, and you think, I will just snack on the kids leftovers. Doing this makes it hard to understand how much you are eating, so try to avoid it!

3. Plan your meals for the week - Shop in advance, it’s not difficult to make yourself healthy meals when you plan. A fridge full of fresh fruits and vegetables is a good prompter to eat well.

4. Sleep! - It’s tough to get a full night's sleep with kids, especially when they are young, yet a good night's sleep is one of the keys to good health. Try to get into your own bed-time routine so that you have a regular sleep time and are ready to nod off when it’s time for lights out. Avoid blue screens - TV's, iPods, iPhones, tablets, as they stimulate the brain and make it harder to switch off.

5. Drink plenty of water - Even if exercise and healthy meals are tough, drinking plenty of water is a great way to help your health. Everything benefits - skin, internal organs, and alertness - from being hydrated.

6. Be kind to yourself. - Stress and anxiety are detrimental to physical and mental health. I have had to learn that if the housework doesn't get done, the clean police don't come and find me. It will get done eventually, so look after yourself first.

Liz is supporting the Telstra’s NetMum Competition. To find out more or if you would like to enter your own Mum into the competition head to www.facebook.com/TelstraNetboys

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