Back-to-school season is in full swing and things can get hectic with all the paperwork, shopping, new schedules and shuttling kids around. During this time of reestablishing routines, it’s a good time to recommit to fitness. Building fitness into your routine will not only help you stay healthier in the long run, it will also help deal with stress from the added workload of getting kids back into a predictable schedule. Here are our best tips to stay committed to fitness.
- Get your workout in first thing in the morning. Get up an hour earlier and workout at home, or hit the gym for an early morning class. Whatever you do, try to do it every day to integrate it into your routine.
- Treat it like an appointment. Block out time for your workout on your calendar just like you would a doctor’s appointment. Be respectful to yourself and always keep your appointments.
- Plan your workouts. Figure out what’s realistic for your fitness level and the amount of time you have. You might have to break a 30-minute workout into three 10-minute sessions of H.I.I.T. or high intensity interval training, to get your exercise complete during the day. Maybe there’s a class you really enjoy at your gym, or you want to train for an upcoming 5k and you need to get your practice runs in. Figure out what you’re doing ahead of time so that you have a concrete plan when you keep the appointment you made with yourself.
- Exercise on your lunch break. If you’re not an early bird, you can block out time midday to get your workout in. Bring a change of clothes, deodorant, face wipes and dry shampoo with you to work so you can freshen up before returning to the office.
- Make exercising a family affair. If you can’t find someone to watch your kids while you work out, that’s OK. Make exercising something you do as a family. Play games outdoors, find a fun playground workout to do while your kids are playing, do a family yoga session or go for a walk together. Make it fun and interesting for everyone.
- Use kids’ sports training time to train yourself. If your kids are conditioning for sports, why not take advantage of the time and get your exercise in? We have lots of great group fitness classes where you can get fit while your kids practice. If your children participate in school sports, there’s usually a track or bleachers at most schools. Go for a quick jog, run the steps or do a bodyweight workout on the sidelines to get your daily workout in.
- Use your time wisely. How many minutes a day do you spend scrolling through Facebook or checking emails? Audit your time to see where you can make time for a workout.
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