Schools Out for Summer! Whilst that may mean lots of fun with your kids it can also mean that your normal workout routine can take a hammering. So can you keep up your exercise regime over the summer? Here are my thoughts in a short video on the importance of making some time for yourself, followed by some great tips to help you keep exercising over the holidays.
Short workouts first thing can be great to keep exercising, but always –
Do 10 mins every morning
Swim, run, cycle, enjoy the sun for 10 mins get vit d.
Here at Farnham Pilates we also have a 15 min exercise video that you can download and do anywhere which can also help give you a focus to the exercise time you have.
Keep Calm and Carry on Exercising!
It’s important to stay calm with the kids and regular exercise for you can help with this. Physical activity influences changes in the brain otherwise activated by anti depressants and sport enhances the brains ability to absorb serotonin, which helps keeps moods balanced!
Exercising as a group can be a real motivating factor to keep going. Run as a group, check local running groups or get other mums to meet you when partner home or cycle – wear a technical top to keep sweat away from skin to stop you feeling clammy. Or agree to do a class with a bunch of other mums and stick to it.
Get up early before the kids and do – Try this 4 min workout which you could do with your kids and encourage them to be fit and healthy too!
2 mins jog on spot then burpee
2 mins Squat then jump lift left leg then squat and change legs
2 Air squats
Rocket jump bend knees
Butterfly sit up knees out – use core
Crunch side reach for obliques
This will use oxygen so after the 8 mins the body carry on blitzing fat long after the session
We also asked Joanne McGowan of Act One Adventures for her top tips to involve kids in exercise and here is what she said.
“Try setting up a mini olympics at home, in the garden or park. You don’t need fancy equipment – Pool noodles make great javelins, tins of beans for weight lifting, running races etc. If you’re feeling really silly have a closing or opening ceremony too.
We also embrace technology that our son loves and have regular Just Dance evenings on the X Box. It is a great giggle, good exercise and great family time too.”
To get the most out of your workouts in the summer…
Drink drink drink (water) – it’s easy to be dehydrated do keep topping up. I know in the summer it’s easy to start early with a glass of Rose but commit to 2-3 nights off a week and on those nights eat or choose healthily – salads/ all veg meals, no bread.
Post workout Epsom salt baths cleanse your muscles of toxins restore mineral levels and encourage relaxation – soak away aches and pains
Diet – Keep blood sugar levels balanced take magnesium add more spinach, avocados, nuts seeds and dark chocolate. If you are going to drink a good detoxifier is hot water and lemon in morning and parsley tea- helps flush out toxins.
So with a bit of planning and a fun outlook you can keep up your exercise over the summer and have fun with the family too.