September 23, 2016
The leaves are changing, summer is over, and it’s time to go back to school. But in all the chaos of establishing a routine and getting yourself or your kids off to school, a workout is often the first thing to go. However, this is the best time to make fitness part of your daily routine, as something you don’t even have to think about. Follow these tips and you’ll be fit before you know it!
If you’re trying to decide what type of workout you want to commit to, you have to ask yourself what you like! Choosing something that you can do almost anywhere, whether you’re traveling or getting home late, is key. Body-weight exercises, running, and yoga are all fairly easy to do and don’t require much (or any) equipment. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.
It’s important to make fitness a priority. Make a schedule, stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is extremely important both for your physical and mental health. If you need to take some work home, cancel a meeting, or arrange a play date for your kids, do it to make sure it happens!
Keep track of when you workout and your activity levels to monitor your progress. Measuring your activity levels (and ideally keeping notes on your progress) can help you to stay on track and realize when you’re slipping before you’ve completely lost the habit.
Remember, you don’t need an hour, or even 30 minutes to get an effective workout! Some exercise is always better than none. You can always find a few free minutes to fit in some stretching, squats, or run around the block. With an effective program, and done frequently enough, short and speedy workouts can do wonders to both the body and mind.
If you have trouble making time, see what you can cut out. Consider trading just 30 minutes of that low-value television time for exercise. When you do watch TV, make the most of it. Do some ball-crunches, planks, yoga poses, squats, lunges or pushups while you’re watching. Keep fitness equipment, such as a kettlebell, resistance bands and a jump rope, near the TV. Or use the commercial breaks to mix in brief cardio intervals. Run in place or up and down the stairs; do some burpees or jumping jacks.
And if you’ve got kids, fit them into your fitness routine! As many schools are forced to shorten recess, get out and play with your children, or establish a workout schedule with older kids who can join you on runs or doing workout video. Forge lifelong bonds while teaching them about lifelong fitness!
Waking up early and doing a quick 20-minute workout is the best way to exercise before anyone else is awake! You can shower and get on with your day, knowing your workout is already complete. You’ll be able to start the day feeling refreshed, energized, and in a more positive mood!