Happy Wednesday my friends!
I’ve been seeing so many pictures online of mom’s sharing their kids’ first day back to school, and I can’t believe that summer is over for so many kids already. The school I went to never started until after Labor Day, which I loved, so when I see kids are back in school already, I feel like it’s way too early. But, we also got out in June long after everyone else was already done…so I guess there’s a good and bad side to it.
Anyway…my whole point of talking about kids being back in school now (or soon) is that, now it’s time for YOU (all you mom’s out there) to start taking care of yourself again. I’m not a mom (yet…still not sure) so I can’t sit here and say that I understand what you all go through and how little time you have for yourself. BUT…one thing I do know is that if you don’t take care of yourself…you can’t take care of your kids. It’s not selfish at all to take 30 minutes every day to pamper yourself..whether that means taking a relaxing bath, reading a good book, meditating, doing yoga, or exercising. It’s also really healthy for you to set a good example for your kids too and show them that it’s so important to take care of your body, mind and soul.
If you are struggling with getting back into health and fitness…one of my favorite ways is just to start walking. Find a friend, pet, neighbor or yes…personal trainer, to start getting active with. I started doing local Walking Workouts here in Lititz, PA. I meet clients at our local Heart of Lancaster hospital and we walk around the 1.2 mile path and make a few stops along the way to do various bodyweight exercises. We might do some push-ups, triceps dips, step-ups, or if you are advanced we might even do some burpees 🙂 You might not believe me, but I totally love doing burpees! They get my heart rate up and work every single muscle in your body! These walking workouts only take about 20-25 minutes if we go around once…45-50 minutes if we do it twice. It all depends on your fitness level and how much time you have. But, walking is one of the best ways to start getting active again.
Another great way is by doing quick HIIT or Metabolic Conditioning workouts like the one in the video below. These workouts are intense, because you need to give it all you got, but you’re only working out for a very short period of time. This one uses a dumbbell for each exercise. If you are a beginner, then do them without the dumbbell. One round of this is under 4 minutes. Who doesn’t have 4 minutes to get in a quick workout?! Do it in the morning before work, then do it again in the afternoon or evening before dinner. If you have time do 3-4 rounds right in a row.
Here is another simple HIIT workout you can do anywhere…it doesn’t require any weights or equipment and is quick and efficient!
What are you going to start doing to get back to YOU this fall?
Stay Healthy my Friends!
Carrie A Groff
– Healthy, Fit & Barefoot!