Summer is coming, we all know it, but are we ready for it? What do I mean?
There are many ways life changes in the summer, and I know plenty of people who work so hard during the winter months because they want to feel confident when summer gets here, but then the whole summer is spent undoing that hard work! This won’t be you! Here are a few things we will talk about this month to help you plan around these 4 topics and keep up with your fitness goals:
While these are all fun and amazing things, if we don’t think ahead we may find ourselves going crazy trying to keep up with everything, and in that we lose focus on our own fitness goals.
Kids out of school
If you are a parent who usually has kids in school a few days a week and use that time to exercise (and also run your business like I do from home) having the kids around 24/7 is going to requiring some planning to make sure you get your exercise in. Depending on the age of your kids you may need to mix up your current routine.
1. Change up your routine– if you want to keep with the DVDs you are doing you may need to get up earlier or use nap time to get your workouts done. You may not be able to do it during the day. I know we tend to stay up really late in the summer, so while I may normally workout earlier in the day during the rest of the year, in the summer I may actually workout at night more.
2. Check out a membership at a local pool or at your gym. Swimming is great exercise for you and your kids love it. (And I love that it actually wears my boys out!)
3. Play– use the summer to be with your kids! Get out to the park and get your heart racing by chasing them around. I don’t know a kid who doesn’t love when mom or dad chase them around in a game of tag. Just today the 4 of us went to the park and we took a volleyball. On the way there I chased Zachary who was on his balance bike, and then we played keep away with the volleyball. The boys loved it and by the time I got home I had burned 400 calories! Not bad for an hour spent with my family. (I also did 40 walking lunges through the school field to get to the park!)
4. Swap with friends. If your exercise is something you can’t do with your children, then plan ahead with some friends to trade watching the kids so you can get your workout in. (And alone time!)
5. Fun baskets. Take a trip to a craft store and get a few fun crafts that the kids can only work on while you are working out. This could even be new books, crafts, coloring books, playdough, sidewalk chalk, etc…Get something age appropriate and that doesn’t require your help, or you will have ruined the concept of buying yourself an hour to workout.
6. Get Focused. During the summer when the kids are home you may need to get laser focused on your workouts. If you are used to having an hour and a half to exercise you may need to get things done in 30 minutes. A short plyometric, or HIIT workout will get your heart rate up fast and you will love the results. Go heavy on your weights and push yourself when you workout. If you know you can work hard 4x a week during the summer (aside from playtime with the kids at a park, etc.) then be okay with it. Use your time wisely. Something like TurboFIRE is great for cardio that is fast and effective.
7. Working parents. Your schedule may not change much as far as work goes, but I would bet you will be hanging out with the kids later in the evenings enjoying the nice weather. Remember that sleep is just as important as exercise, don’t skip it just to workout. I also want to tell you to not feel guilty during this season when you may have friends who are doing so many ‘fun’ things with their kids. You are providing for your family and don’t need to compare yourself with anyone. As a mom or dad you can already find yourself trying to ‘measure up’ in so many ways with other parents but it’s not helpful. Write your own plan for the summer.
Most importantly, enjoy it, because it will be done before you know it!