Staying in Shape With a Family

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Maintaining your appearance alongside raising a family can be a tricky journey. Between packing lunches, school runs, and trying to have a social life, we can often feel like we don’t have enough time to look after ourselves.

Implementing small changes into your regular routine can make all the difference to your appearance. From changing your diet to getting cosmetic treatment, there are many ways to ensure aesthetic happiness as a parent, which includes teaching kids about self-confidence.

Healthy Diet

Staying fit and healthy whilst parenting can be easily managed through a balanced diet for both you and the kids. It’s vital to remind kids of the importance of eating healthy, so you should try to incorporate each food group into your meals. Vegetable-based meals are a great way to get full and absorb vitamins and minerals while keeping the calories low.

Diets with high protein are a must, as it repairs your cells and strengthens your body, which is particularly important for children who are still growing. Minimising carbs and sugars will keep you strong yet slim and toned without the fear of gaining troublesome weight.

Cosmetic Treatments

It can be okay to admit that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to exercise and keep the body in shape while trying to raise a family. Perhaps you don’t have the time to commit to the gym to shift some stubborn weight, and even if you do, sometimes it isn’t enough in a busy schedule, which is where cosmetic surgery comes in. Sometimes insecurities can’t be shifted with natural means, so you might consider taking matters into your own hands. Insecurities in parents can often translate into their children, which is not what any mother or father wants for their kids.

In fact, there are certain conditions that look like excess fat, but are actually a consequence of genetic or hormonal imbalance. One of these is gynecomastia, also known as ‘man boobs,’ which are a common feature of what is known as the ‘dad bod.’ Gynecomastia is untreated by exercise as it is a growth of excess tissue rather than burnable fat.

Similarly, heavier people who lose a lot of weight may notice loose, sagging skin. In cases like these, those people often seek out tummy tucks and procedures that address excess skin tissue. These surgeries from a reputable clinic will give you very natural-looking results, which will allow you to embrace your body and boost your self-confidence.

Other cosmetic treatments that can greatly change how you look at your post-child body, whether you’re a mum or dad, include liposuction, fillers, and other enhancements.  It can be a way of showing your children that your happiness is important.


Another way to maintain your appearance with children is to incorporate exercise into your life. Going on walks with the kids is a great way to get the heart rate up but make a day of it with the family. There are also other forms of cardio that you can do with the kids, such as swimming. Laps in a pool or at the beach is a fun activity for kids to get involved in as well as a way for you to relax. Adults can burn up to 200 calories from a light swim in just half an hour.

Taking up a sport is also a great option for parents, whether you get the children involved or not. Tennis, badminton, netball, or even dance/Zumba are pleasurable yet sweat-breaking activities to do alongside other responsibilities.

Keeping on top of your appearance doesn’t have to be impossible just because you decided to have children. From surgery to diet, to exercise, there are many ways to feel like your best self even as a parent.

About the author

Jennifer Bell

Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.