Are you looking for some summer workout motivation? We all know how it goes.?? January hits and we are back on board with our workout routine. ???This year is going to be different,??? we all promise.?? And we do pretty well.?? As summer approaches with the threat of the itsy bitsy bikini, our motivation stays relatively high. But what is this? Summer hits, school is out, the kids are home and somehow 2 weeks passes by with barely a blip on the workout radar! With backyard barbeques grilling up tasty steaks and sausages just needing to be washed down with our favorite beer, margarita or sangria, the calories just start adding up ??? and so do the pounds. It can be scary how tight our jeans and shirts can get inside of a fortnight.
It???s so important to keep moving towards our fitness goals. (By the way, what are yours? Answering ???losing weight??? doesn???t count ??? it???s not specific enough!). When you???re juggling kids, housework, summer camps and activities, your own health gets quickly shoved to the back burner.?? But in all fairness, shouldn???t you give your own well-being at least the same priority as you give to the health of your little darlings??? As close as you can to the start of your summer, after the wee ones are in bed (or any other quiet moment) PLAN where and when you will exercise. Keep an open mind.?? Some moms love waking up early around 6:00am and either head out to the gym for an hour or workout from home and come home before the kids are awake. Other moms prefer to go biking with the kids or sneaking in a quick weight workout while the kids are at activities.?? There???s always an opportunity ??? find yours!
Remember too, that in order for exercise to be effective, it DOESN???T need to last an hour.?? Alternating weights with cardio can cut down your time commitment.?? For example, on Monday, do 20 mins of interval cardio. Then on Tuesday, do weights on your upper body (Biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest and back). Remember to stretch after both cardio and weight workouts! On Wednesday do cardio again ??? you could go for a longer run or a swim but make sure that you get your heart rate up for at least 30 ??? 45 mins if you???re not doing interval training. Thursday would be your lower body day. Include quads, hamstrings, calves, lower back and abs.?? Friday is a good rest day.?? Saturday could be a cardio day with Sunday a rest day again.
So stay committed! Find a friend to go with you or just trade babysitting favors with her.?? Stay in shape ??? you???ll thank yourself in September with the holiday season just around the corner!!
About the Author: Alex K is an online Fitness Professional providing health and wellness to the world through his online workout program Cardio Blast. Members of www.Cardioblast.com receive new cardio workouts every week, strength training programs, 50 page meal plan, fitness tracking and personal training included with their membership.