Back to School – Back to Fitness

This was orignially posted on my Martha Stewart Whole Living page.  I know most on this site are much more advanced in thier fitness routines.  I thought it would be not only fun to re-post but a reminder that for many this is a time of new beginnings.  I remember Frank Zane once saying that even though he hasn’t competed in years that he was still peaking in Sept as if he was doing the Olympia.  If you aren’t ready to peak maybe it is time to reignite your fitness plan.

Ah, summer is almost over.  You and the kids have been enjoying all the summer activities and summer foods together.  The pool, a relaxing vacation, BBQ’s and best of all, no alarm clock!

Snap out of it, soon your alarm clock will be going off at 5:30 AM and you will be frantic again.  The kids are late for school, your husband can’t find his briefcase, and the dog has to go outside before everyone crams into your car to be shuttled to their respective locations.  School has just begun, and your daily routine is already bursting with homework, projects, Girl Scout meetings and soccer practice.  The last thing you want to think about is how to keep up with your fitness routine!

Well, throw that “I just don’t have the time” excuse out the window.  We’ve got your Back to School-Back to Fitness guidelines to help make it easy to  get fit even if you have a jam packed fall schedule.

Back to School – Back to Fitness

The key to making fitness a priority is to simply make it part of your lifestyle.  Here are some tips:

–    Move and burn calories. Yes, you may look a little crazy jogging in place while you make the kids lunch and feed the dog, but the good news is you’re burning calories doing it!  Need some milk for breakfast, walk to the store if possible.  Turn daily activites into exercise.

–    Be realistic. Ok, so you don’t have hours on end to spend in the gym working out, so what?   You can get into fantastic shape working out just 30 minutes a day.  If  you skip a day that is ok just pick up where you left off.  Consistency is the key to being fit.

–    Brown bag it. This isn’t just for the kids! Running around all day?  Pack a healthy brown bag lunch to eat.  By keeping your blood sugar levels steady you will be lest apt to eat fast food and you will have more energy for the rest of the day.

–    Schedule your day. Get everyone off to school on time and you can probably find some “me time”.  In fact if you are dressed and ready for the gym once you get everyone off for the day, you can head straight to the gym and take care of yourself before the day gets away from you.  This will also give you more energy and make you more productive the rest of the day.

This is an exciting time of year, a time of new beginnings.  So why not use this enthusiasm to help get you back into shape?  Who knows, these simple tips may even help you stay in bathing-suit shape year round.