5 Ways to Focus on Your Fitness

5 Ways to Focus on Your Fitness (Now That the Kids Are Back in School)

Yahoo!! The kids are back in school. Okay, not everyone feels that way, but many do. It’s great when they get out for the summer, but by the time school roles back around (and it seems earlier every year), I was always ready to get mine back on a schedule.  

Summer is fun and we generally are very active during the summer, but the structure of a daily schedule is often out during the summer.

 

Okay, so they are headed back to school and you can now have some semblance of a schedule for yourself. This is a great time to focus on your health and wellness so that you can be the best version of yourself for you and your family.

Here are five ways to help you get started. 

1)    When you’re laying out the kids’ clothes for school the next day (of if they’re older and do it themselves now, just do like you did when they were little) be sure to lay out your workout clothes. If you’re heading to Pure Barre or a gym, go ahead and pack that bag. The essentials will include:

a.     your cute workout clothes from Lululemon or Athleta

b.     cool new workout shoes from ON or whatever great pair you can get from the Trek Shak

c.     new socks

d.     a towel and

e.     be sure to bring your Hydro Flask or other great water bottle. 

If you’re training at home with one of our awesome HomeFit personal trainers or yoga instructors, then all you have to do is lay it out on the dresser and throw those clothes on first thing to help get you in the mood for working out.

 

2)     Just like teachers plan out the school year and days for your kids, your workout should be planned into your schedule. If you’ve never worked out before then shooting for two to three days a week is advisable.

Trying to work-out every day, when it’s never been a part of your routine can be overwhelming. If, on the other hand, you’ve been working out off and on for some time now, then chances are five days a week will work well for you.

The main thing here is to plan it into your week like any other appointment. Write it on your calendar and make yourself stick to it.

 

3)    Next you should get an accountability partner or coach. Accountability helps you stick to a new plan.

If you have someone that is counting on you and/or waiting for you (if you’re a descent human being, which I’m sure you are), then you’re not going to stand them up. You’re going to show up even if you’re not really feeling like it that day.

If there is no one that can work-out on your schedule with you, then hire a health coach or personal trainer to help get you moving.

 

4)    Three days a week or five, you want to do something that you enjoy, so you don’t mind doing it again. Now, sometimes, when you’re first learning something new, it’s not that much fun.

My boys did not want to go to karate practice every day when they started as the work was not always fun, but, as they stuck to it, and got better, they enjoyed it more.

Music lessons are usually like that for most people and for many exercise is the same. You’ve got to get good at it to really enjoy it, but to really enjoy it, you’ve got to get good, kind of like the chicken and the egg.

 

I highly recommend mixing it up. Cardio, like walking, biking or kickboxing might be an enjoyable place to start. If you can walk 30 minutes without stopping, then High Intensity Interval Training a.k.a. HIIT is a great way to get in both cardio and weights. Both are beneficial and highly recommended.

 

5)    The final thing I recommend is a day a week of yoga. Why? Because it helps you to focus.

There are many types of yoga and it’s there for a multitude of levels of expertise. If you’ve never tried it before, you might want to start with some in-home personal attention, or go try out a class somewhere and hang in the back like I did in the beginning.

But yoga is a great way to clear your head, work on strength and stretching, whatever you need. Research different types to see what might interest you most. I was skeptical in the beginning, but I’ve found it to be therapeutic and good for the soul.

If you want to try it with a few of your closest friends, one of our amazing instructors can come out and set up a Zin and Zen night for you if you like…I’m just saying.

 

To wrap this up in a nice little bow, it’s okay to focus on your own health and wellness. It’s not only okay, it’s vital so that you may take better care of the ones you love.

Focus on you and your health now that the kids are back in school – try a new class and learn something new yourself!

Cheers to your health and surviving another crazy summer!!