I love routine and consistency but it’s not always easy to do!
“Embrace the seasons of life you are in, because it is just that – a season”.
The kids have been out of school for a month and we have been busy making the most of it!
This was from Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica
Hanging on the lake
Swimming in the pool -All Day
Busy is probably an understatement and we aren’t slowing any time soon. So, I thought I’d talk about what works and how to make sure you get those workouts in during the summer and on vacation!
- Be Flexible this one may seem pretty obvious but you need to be able to adjust when possible!
This was my Husband and I on our Cruise in the gym. The entire week we had to adjust and be open to working out at all times of the day and many times after a long day at a port. Sure, I didn’t feel like it and it was tough to get going but I adjusted! I’m a morning runner and lose that drive as they day progresses. When motivation is lacking and I am not in the mood I’ll make myself run for 10 minutes and usually once I’m moving I am fine! Effort is effort!
- Get Creative. So, the biggest thing with any goal in consistency and that isn’t always easy on the go.
In the picture above I had plyometrics after a run while on vacation in Galveston. The gym had no plyo boxes or jump ropes available. So, I got creative and used these stairs at our hotel to get the type of workout I needed in! I rarely miss days and to accomplish that I have learned to make the most of any situation. Even if it means splitting a run! Taking a 10 mile run that you can’t fit in all at once and splitting it into 2 five mile runs is much better than skipping that 10 miler all together because you don’t have the time to do it! Make it work!
- Involve the family. This to me is most important! Most of us are not professional athletes and don’t have the ability to devote hours and hours to train and recover. Many times for us it takes time away from our family if we aren’t careful in planning! You can involve your kids at any age in your activities. You may have to modify slightly but it can be done! For example, you can get on the floor with your infant and do core or yoga, run bleachers at your child’s football practice, or go for a run beside them while they bike home from school. Involve them anytime you can!
Running drills with my boys
They take turns running the treadmill while I bike
They bike the track with me while I run! They find this especially fun!
They enjoy being part of training and even race themselves! I mean with all that training what’s a kid to do!
We make it a family activity when we can!
- Trim the fat. No not literally but cut to the chase. Figure out what’s most important and start with that! Knowing what you have to do first and how much time it will take makes scheduling it easier and ensures you get it done. Let’s face it, sometimes things happen that we can’t plan for! That hour you thought you had while the kids napped just turned into 30 minutes because they weren’t sleepy -true story. If you planned right and made the 2 mile warm up a mile you got more accomolished hypothetically! Don’t wait until you have the time to workout to plan!