With kids in school, keeping in shape might be harder than one would think. During summer, you had the time to workout and played with them in the afternoon. Now, your day is a balance of getting them to and from school, working, making sure they do their homework and making sure they have what they need. Where is the time to work out in all that?
During the start of the school year, one question gets asked more than others. That’s how do I make sure that I am getting enough exercise now that my kid is back in school, and I’m busier? Today, we’re going to talk about how a few people we’ve talked to take care of their bodies as well as the rest of the family.
Workout While They Train
If you have a kid that’s in karate lessons, track & field, or soccer, then there is a high chance that you have to take them to lessons regularly. During this time, you are left with an hour or more to wait or run errands. Rather than drop them off and leave, why not take this time to work out with them? If you’ve dropped them off at a community center, see if you can use the community center gym, or if it has trails that you can walk/run around while your child is practicing. If not, see if there is a gym within a few miles that you can drive to while your kid is in classes.
Go For a Morning Workout
One of the best ways to get active is to workout first thing in the morning. If you normally wake up and read the news or social media for a few hours, why not take less time to get ready and go for a run or to the gym before going to work. In addition, you can think about waking up an hour earlier as long as you are still leaving time for six to eight hours of sleep. This could leave you plenty of time to work out, shower, and get to work on time.
Walk at Lunch
If your office offers a full gym, then lunch is the perfect time to workout. However, even if they don’t have a gym, then you still have options available to you. Try walking around the building, up and down the stairs, or down the street and back. If you have trails outside of your building, then a quick run might be a good idea. However, this could leave you sweaty for the rest of your day if your office doesn’t have showers.
On the Way Home
If your child takes the bus home and can stay at home alone, then you have the perfect time to work out on the way home. Pick a gym that’s along the way and stop for thirty to forty minutes four or five times a week. This will give you the perfect opportunity to “transition” from your work hat to your home hat. In addition, it will also be the perfect time to let out any stress from the workday so that it doesn’t make its way home to make home life stressful.
If you normally watch TV at home at night, then you have just found the perfect time to sneak in a workout. If your children are there, then try going for a walk or run with them in the afternoons. On the other hand, you can do a dance workout, join a martial arts class together, or to a HITT class. Just make sure that they are doing something age-appropriate while you push yourself to get stronger.