Written By Jen Wong – Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
This years return to school looks a little different than previous years but one thing remains the same: Back to school is one of the busiest times of the year for parents. This change in your schedule can mean less time for exercise. Here are five tips for staying active when things get busy.
Remember that every minute counts so sneak in exercise throughout the day. For example, do some squats while you brush your teeth, walk instead of drive for school pick-ups and drop-offs. Movement is exercise!
Take a good look at your schedule and ask yourself when you can fit exercise in. Can you do a home exercise video after the kids go to bed? Can you run or speed walk a couple of laps around the soccer field before you sit down to watch your kids practice? Can you get up for an early morning exercise class- many studios are now offering online classes you can do from the comfort of your home. Can you fit in a run before school and work?
Put your runners and exercise clothes on when going out with the kids and you’ll be more likely to join in on their game of tag or get a quick jog in after dropping them off at school. And keep them on if you are working from home, you’ll be more likely to log in to that lunch time online fitness class or head out for a mid-day walk or run.
Find a friend for your weekly workout – committing to another person makes it harder to back out and adds a lot of fun to your work out. Socialization and exercise!
Prioritize your health and don’t feel guilty about it! The world health organization recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (30 minutes a day five times a week) as well as 2 sessions of strength training. Most importantly, you will be modeling a healthy lifestyle for your kids!
We hope these tips help you keep active during the back to school fall months! #BackInTheGame #MoveWellLiveWell #ExploreMore