This one is aimed at the moms. The kids are on break and our days are filled with nothing but free time and relaxation, right? Yeah, not so much. More than likely, it’s days full of hungry kids, constant clean up, and shuttling everyone from sports to camp, play dates and everywhere in between. Time to ourselves is even more scarce than during the school year and if you’re like me, you might be struggling to find the the time to eat a decent meal, let alone get the exercise you need. But there is hope! Here are five simple ways to fit in exercise during this busy summer season.
Fit in Exercise While the Kids Sleep
When the kids are underfoot, it can be tough to do much of anything without interruption. Try getting up a half hour before them or exercising while they’re taking a nap. Make yourself the first priority during quiet time to make sure you have a chance to fit in exercise! I’ve found that hitting up the 6:30am class at my gym is the only guaranteed way I’ll get a full 45 minutes work-out.
Ditch the Car
When heading to the park or pool, leave the car behind and take a walk. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and get some much needed physical activity. Plus, it gives you a great chance to explore your neighborhood. Any outing or errand that is within comfortable walking distance can make for a great workout!
Plan Physical Family Outings
Fit in exercise by planning fun, physical outings for the whole family. Go for long hikes together or play some volleyball on the beach. Have some fun races against each other at the pool or chase down a frisbee while you’re hanging out at the park. Also, check deal sites for discounts on local activities like ropes courses or participate in a Family 5k or Fun Run together.
Take Advantage of Practice Time
When the kids are at practice for their summer sports or occupied at day camp, use that time to get in a little activity for yourself. Walking laps around the outside of the field or jogging in the parking lot while the kids are safely supervised by other adults is a great use of your time. If you have little ones along, pop them in the stroller or “race” with them in grassy areas.
Try Kid-Friendly Workouts
Make exercise a family affair by finding workouts that you can do alongside the kids. Family walks, simple workout videos, or even just turning up the music and having an extended dance party can help you to get the exercise you need while having fun together. And let’s be honest – there is nothing cuter than a preschooler trying to do a burpee.
No more excuses! I know it can be challenging when you’re running here and there, juggling work, home, and kid needs, but it’s still possible to squeeze in exercise, even on the busiest of days. Get a little creative and you’ll find lots of places in your everyday routine that are perfect opportunities to get in a workout!
WE CAN DO THIS!