As the summer holidays come to an end this is the best time to start planning getting back into a routine for your fitness levels! Its quite easy to get out of sync in the holiday period and start adopting bad habits when you have the kids in to think about. By the time you have organised them with various day trips and sat down in the evening you are probably exhausted. This tends to lead to inactivity and bad eating habits start to slip in.

These following 5 tips will get you back on track and refocused on your fitness.

Meal Planning

Planning out your meals will save time, stress, and ensure that you eat healthy.

Here are some ideas you can try:

Plan out 6-8 weeks worth of meal plans, make grocery lists, and rotate these plans throughout the school year.
Pick a day and a spend an hour or so prepping things like lunches, snacks, or dinners for the week. Get the kids involved to give you a helping hand!
Shop online. If you have a grocery store that offers this, order your food online and pick it up. You know exactly what you’re getting and how much you will spend. Make freezer meals in advance to use on those busy nights.

Find exercise you enjoy

If you hate what you’re doing, you will find every excuse in the world to avoid it. Find a way to exercise that you actually enjoy, and make sure it’s effective for your body, works for your lifestyle, and fits your schedule.

If groups energize you, join a running club or join a fitness class. With each of these you will benefit from the built in accountability and friendships. This would be good for people who can find clubs or classes that fit their schedules.

Back to school can be a busy time, and some may only have time for early morning, late at night, or fast as possible workouts! If you fit that description, I recommend working out at home so you don’t have to drive anywhere and can fit it in around your family’s schedule.

Schedule your workouts

Whether or not you get an adrenaline rush from crossing things off a list, most parents need a to-do list and schedule to stay sane. Plan your workout times in advance and put it on a calendar or to-do list. Then use the power of technology to remind you it’s time to exercise!

Seek Accountability

Find a workout buddy. This holds you accountable, makes workouts more enjoyable, and can even create a little fun competition to keep you going. If a workout buddy isn’t an option, find someone to check in with you about your exercising and eating habits. Knowing someone will ask is often a good enough motivator. Finding a personal trainer can really help with the accountability and give you that extra push!

Play with your kids

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. Play with your kids!. My parents were always outside playing with us, and our activities changed as we aged. Get out there in the park and get involved in activities like pushing them on the swings kicking a ball around ect. Even if you aren’t a pro at sports, take part in the ones they enjoy which can be great quality time and a chance for you to MOVE! Bike rides, and walks are also good options give you the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors!

And finally, do what you can and don’t put stress stress on yourself to be perfect. Remember that your kids need a healthy parents, so exercise and eating healthy are great places to start. By making this a priority it will show them a great example.

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