Physical health for Single Parents

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The physical health of a single parent almost always has a direct impact on the health of their children. The example you set with diet and exercise will teach your children how to relate to food and exercise. As tiring as being a single parent can be, poor dietary habits and lack of exercise compound the issues. Many single parents are struggling just to make it through the day. They complain of fatigue, aches and pains and feelings of exhaustion. Because of tight schedules and always feeling tired, there is a temptation to rely more on fast foods or microwaveable dinners. After all, it takes an additional amount of work and energy to cut up vegetables, make a salad or bake a chicken. Unfortunately, this cycle of lack of exercise and poor diet can be main contributors to exhaustion. In order to start over, single parents must first break the negative cycle though diet, exercise and positive thinking.


Many times we associate negative images with the word ‘diet’. In reality everyday you’re eating as part of your ‘diet’. Controlling what you include in your daily diet will determine your energy level and your overall feeling of well-being. Stay focused on the fact that it’s not a “boring diet” but part of your overall health goals. By staying focused on my health goals, I was able to connect with a particular plan. The 17-day diet was developed my physician, Dr. Mike Moreno. I have personally seen great results from this plan. But better than weight loss, I feel fantastic! I am eating foods that are good for me and seeing my waist line shrink.


First and foremost, check with your physician before starting any type of fitness plan. Once you talk with your physician, conduct research. There are thousands of articles on exercise and the impact to the brain. Frequent exercise promotes mental and physical well-being. Endorphins are released when we exercise which means less stress and an elevated mood along with the benefits of losing weight. If you are like most people, you don’t like to exercise when you don’t feel good. Remember, endorphins help psychologically and take away feelings of depression or discouragement. If you have concerns about injury or stamina, start out by walking. Set a goal for yourself and maintain that walking time for at least one week. For me, I started out walking 20 minutes a day. Now, I walk 50 minutes at a time along with weekly trips to the gym for weight training and aerobic workouts.

Mental Health

I can’t stress enough the impact exercise and healthy eating will have on your psychological health. With more energy and a happier feeling, you can be an even better parent! When you feel good about yourself, your overall outlook will change. If you do face some struggles with motivation, use positive reinforcement to keep yourself going. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, it will be very difficult for you to take care of others.

Don’t Forget:

· Avoid negative self-talk.

· Stick with your dietary plan.

· Eat lots of green, leafy vegetables.

· Exercise in small increments.

· Exercise releases endorphins!

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Article Written by Allison Jarman
Although recently married, Mrs. Jarman spent 17 years as single parent. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters. Mrs. Jarman was a classroom teacher in public schools and currently works in accounting and finance. She is a twice published author and weekly contributor for articles pertaining to single parents and families.

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