4 back-to-school wellness tips for mom


It's hard to believe, but summer's end is near. That means the kids are getting ready to head back to school, and you're preparing for the hectic days ahead. With such a jam-packed schedule, it can feel like there's no chance for "me" time, exercise or even just a second to eat a well-balanced meal that isn't served out of the drive-thru window.

Fear not, because you're not doomed once the first day of school arrives. There are plenty of tricks for staying healthy and happy you can consider when you're crunched for time! Here are a few back-to-school tips for the super moms who want to look and feel their best while juggling a dozen things at once:

1. Start meal prepping
Creating a healthful, wholesome dinner for the family every night takes lots of time and effort. Instead of dedicating your evenings to preparing and cooking meals, why not get them ready in advance? Meal prepping is a simple way to save time during the week without skimping on your healthy eating habits. Just assemble meals and place them in large freezer bags a week in advance. Once it's time for dinner, just pull the designated bag out, cook and enjoy!

"You can make virtually any meal in the slow cooker."

2. Take advantage of the slow cooker
You can make virtually any meal in a slow cooker, from breakfast dishes, to dinners and even desserts. What's best is how simple preparation is – place the ingredients in the cooker, set the temperature and forget it until its time to eat! Your meal will cook all day long and be ready by the time the kids get home from school and you get home from work.

3. Stop driving to run errands
If you live within a few miles of the grocery store, stop driving yourself there. Instead, consider walking or biking. Not only will you complete those errands, but you'll also get a workout in within the same time frame!

"Running is a great workout, but it's also great transportation," master trainer Monica Vazquez told Fitness magazine. "Sometimes I get home even earlier than I normally do taking the subway."

If the grocery store is a few miles from home, jog or walk there.If the grocery store is a few miles from home, jog or walk there.

4. Exercise during commercials
We all need our time to lounge in front of the TV after a long day – and there's nothing wrong with that. But are you really enjoying all of those commercials? Stop wasting your time watching the same ad over and over and start exercising during each break! You can do sets of push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks and more while you wait for your show to return. Remember: No time to head to the gym? No problem.

Even after finding the time to eat well and exercise during the week, it can be difficult to ditch the stubborn fat in your troubled areas. Despite your best efforts, everyone could use a little helping hand sometimes. That's where CoolSculpting® comes in. This treatment targets fat cells beneath the skin, freezing and eliminating them for good. What's best, is each session lasts between 35 and 60 minutes, so you can surely fit the treatment into your busy schedule!

Looking and feeling your best – even with a hectic schedule – is totally achievable with help from Ideal Image. Schedule your free consultation with us today.

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