It can be hard to stick with your fitness routine in the summer. With parties, vacation days, and kids home from school, summer can interfere with even the most rigorous schedules! It may be harder to stay motivated during the summer, but it’s not impossible. Here are 5 easy tips to help you stay on-track all summer long!
Schedule Your Workouts
Schedule your workouts in advance by placing them on your calendar. Let your family know when and where you plan to exercise and treat your workouts like any other appointment. If your kids are out of school, plan workouts when your partner or other childcare is available. Let your children know that (just like their summer activities) your workouts are important to you. Stick to your schedule and enjoy the mini-vacation from family chaos!
Prepare in Advance
Preparing for your workouts can make a huge difference! Try setting out your workout clothes the night before and preparing your pre-workout breakfast by setting the timer on your coffee maker or putting some overnight oats in the refrigerator or slow cooker. If you’re planning a trip to the gym, pack your gym bag and throw it in the car before bedtime. These behaviors will cue you to exercise and remove excuses!
Take Advantage of Cool, Sunny Mornings
Exercising in the morning can help you stick to your goals by eliminating excuses that creep in as the day progresses. Morning workouts can also boost your mood, increase your energy, and help you enjoy the rest of the day. Fortunately, the summer months are packed with sunny, cool mornings perfect for exercise! Try walking, running, or biking outdoors in the beautiful weather. We guarantee you’ll have a better day!
Get the Kids Involved
If finding time to exercise alone is difficult, get your kids involved! Physical activities not only help you stay healthy, but they also strengthen family ties. Go to the local pool, take a trip to the park, or just play in the yard. A good water balloon fight is sure to get your heart rate up!
Find a Workout Buddy
Schedule some workouts with a friend! Exercising with a friend can help you stay accountable, even when life gets busy. Take some group exercise classes with a buddy, meet a fellow parent at the park or pool, or just grab your neighbor and go for a stroll! Whichever activity you choose, exercise is always more fun with a friend.
P.S. VHPGO is here to help you stay motivated! Register for a live class, check out our library of fitness videos, ask a question, or schedule an appointment with one of our Virtual Fitness Specialists. We’re here to help you reach your goals this summer!