The summer is undoubtedly one of our favourite times of the year, not least because it offers the chance to spend more time with the kids. However, there is one downside to consider: summer can quickly destroy your fitness routine.
Having your kids with you for 6 week every day may put a strain on your regular schedule and to make things easier you may think it’s best to drop your workouts to have more time.
Unfortunately, historically many clients who quit the gym for 6 weeks will end up coming back in September less happy, drained and often having gained a few pounds. Staying fit during the summer holidays isn’t an easy task, but these nine tricks should serve you well.
#1. Create and Adhere to a Schedule
Staying organised and embracing the right mindset will be crucial factors for your ongoing summer fitness. A winning plan of action should cover how many workouts you wish to complete per week as well as your nutrition plans.
This action plan should accommodate the changes to your availability but also leave space for your workouts and food preparation or at least consider where your meals will be coming from in each scenario.
#2. Face Your Guilt
Working out can leave you feeling guilty because that time could be spent with the kids. However, the mental and physical benefits of exercise make it a valuable part of your day. There’s nothing wrong with dedicating a little time to yourself, especially if it makes you a happier and more energetic parent.
#3. Register to an Autumn Challenge
Finding motivation to stay on task throughout the summer can be difficult. Signing up for a half marathon, obstacle race, or fun run can soon solve that problem. Make sure that the event takes place in September-October and you’ll have no choice but to keep on training. Besides, the satisfaction of completing the challenge is hugely rewarding.
#4. Food Logging
Yes, you read that right. It’s not as much about how much you eat, but about staying accountable to yourself about your nutrition. It’s been shown that the fact of keeping a food diary alone helps people manage their portion sizes better. So, just keep logging without guilt so you can see and understand how your diet affects your body.
#5. Cook Together
Not sure how to incorporate food prep into your weekly routine with the kids around? Who said you can’t get them involved? The activities can range from cooking fun meals, including ones where you each get to build your own, to making healthy snacks or even baking. It’s fun, educational, and great for bonding with your children.
#6. Adjust Your Workout Schedule
Having the children at home all day long will force you to adjust your daily schedule, and this is particularly true when dealing with workouts. It might take a little trial and error but finding suitable workout times will allow you to stay on track throughout the summer break.
It may mean trading some gym sessions for home-based workouts or even planning family active programs with your family, like going on a hike or to a waterpark. So long you focus on moving every day, you’ll be fine.
#7. Keep Attending Your Regular Classes
While summer holidays are a great opportunity to bond with your kids and other family members, it can get a little overwhelming. When creating your activity schedule, making room for your regular classes might just mean that you stay balanced between family and kids’ events.
Yoga classes, spin sessions, team sports or even a personal training session aren’t just key for your fitness. The social interactions with other adults are equally vital for your sanity.
#8. Try Online Coaching
Committing to a PT during the summer might not be viable, especially as your schedule is likely to change from one week to the next and often last minute. Thankfully, online coaching allows you to reap the benefits of expert designed workouts and support while working out at a time to suit you at home or in a hotel gym when on holiday.
#9. Stay Active with the Kids
One of the best ways to stay fit during the summer is to include the kids in physical activities. Family bike rides, playing in the garden, and exploring the local parks can all help you burn calories while creating magical memories with the little offsprings. Best of all, it prevents them from becoming couch potatoes too.
So, there you have it; follow those nine simple ideas, and staying fit throughout the summer will become easier than ever. If you have questions on the above or would like to find out how online training works, feel free to get in touch.
Owner and creator of One Small Step, Joe has been in the health and fitness industry for 8 years and takes an all-round approach to his coaching.