Summers tend to be a difficult time to fit in fitness–it’s just too busy. But it’s September and it’s time to start rockin’ the habit of fitness. The routine of school, extra-curricular activities, even bedtime seems a little more…well…routine. So, this is the perfect time for you to get back to focusing on your fitness and getting your body moving regularly again.
Here are our top 5 tips for getting into a fitness routine. Not only will this help you schedule your fitness back into your busy day, but also help keep you motivated until it becomes habit.
- Fitness plan. You’ve heard about meal planning, right? It’s the same with fitness. Sit down on Sunday night, look at all the to-do’s, meetings, and events you have for the week, and schedule your workouts based on what’s happening. Move things around, shift, plan and commit. We find that if you have a workout schedule written down for the week you will more than likely stick to your new fitness schedule. Don’t forget to put it into you calendar, with reminders.
- Set a fitness goal that you want to achieve before Christmas. It doesn’t have to be a huge goal, but set it and reach it. It could be something as simple as for the next 12 weeks you commit to working out 4 times a week for a minimum for 30 minutes each session. Maybe your goal is to complete 10 push-ups from your toes by Christmas morning. Whatever it is, set it, write it down and come up with a plan to achieve it. Goals are such great motivators. Set them.
- Schedule workouts with friends. Nothing holds you more accountable than someone waiting for you for their workout. Find a group of people who will motivate you, push you and drag your buns out when you just don’t feel like it. Routine takes time. Give it time. Adding in friends makes it a little more fun with a lot more laughter and a whole lot more accountability.
- Get dressed. If you plan to workout as soon as you drop your kids off at school, get dressed in your workout clothing before you set foot out the door. Working out after work? Get home and change right into your fitness clothing, even if you don’t plan to do it until after dinner. That way, the excuse that you don’t feel like getting changed doesn’t exist. Your kids are also pretty perceptive and know what your exercise clothes look like. They’ll know you’re going to workout, and often time they’ll call you out when you start making excuses to not follow through.
- Involve your kids. You don’t need to necessarily schedule your fitness around your kids’ schedules. Maybe it could be part of a new routine with your kids. Do workouts while they’re playing at the park, have them workout alongside you if you’re doing at-home workouts, play, be silly and plan physically active activities that involve your kid. Not every workout needs to be dictated by timings, reps, interval. Some workouts can be as simple as playing tag and throwing in push-ups when you get tagged. Be creative. Ask your kids to be creative. If you do this, your kids are learning the importance of moving your body, your both actually moving your body and you get your physical activity quote accomplished while laughing and spending quality time with your kids. It’s really a win-win.
— by Lindsay Goulet, PhD. Founder, Hot Mama Health & Fitness – My earliest memories are of going with my own Mama as she taught aerobics in leotards and legwarmers. I grew up with it. I started teaching when I was 17 and have taught from that point on. I love the way the body moves and adapts to exercise. I love it so much I thoroughly educated myself: I received a Bachelor of Physical Education, a Master’s of Science and ultimately a PhD in Exercise/Occupational Physiology. Yup, I’m Dr. OHM. I founded Hot Mama in 2012, originally to bring joy to my life but it quickly My mission is to educate women, show them how to eat healthier, workout harder (safely and effectively) and find that balance of family-life, work and Most of all I want to help women love. Love themselves. And love one another. I want people to know Hot Mama is a safe place to go no matter where they are in their fitness journey.
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