It’s back-to-school on Monday for much of the metro-Atlanta area. Buses will be out and about, traffic will be heavier, and the hustle and bustle of the school year will begin for all those parents out there with school-aged kids. For many, this introduces new challenges in keeping up with a workout routine, as that relaxed summer schedule has come and gone and mornings will soon become a race to get the family ready and out the door in time for school and work.
Whether you’re dealing with the new school year, a new job, or any change that affects your normal routine, decide that your health and fitness are priorities, get on top of it before it gets here and put together a plan to make it happen! Sometimes things that seem impossible at first glance, actually aren’t that impossible with a little thought and some determination.
For example, if morning workouts have been your thing, but with school starting, having to get the kids up, fix breakfasts and lunches and get backpacks packed, you’re thinking “there’s no way I can do all this after I workout”. Maybe there is. A lot of this can be done the night before. Try laying the kids’ clothes out at bedtime, packing lunches and backpacks the night before. Set an alarm for the kids so they can get up and get started with their morning routine while you’re getting breakfast ready. Think of what can be done the night before to make the mornings a little less chaotic.
If 6:00am has been your preferred time to work out, but there’s just no way you can do it, try a 5:00am class. Some of you are shaking your heads at this right now, but don’t knock it till you try it. We have some very dedicated boot campers that have been attending 5:00am class routinely for years now, and they will tell you that after a week or so, “you just get used to it…it becomes the new norm.” If you’re making your health and fitness a priority in your life, you’ll do anything to get your workout in.
And if you’ve gotten into a great evening workout routine but after-school activities, club sports and other commitments have been added to the evening schedule, it’s time to sit down and put a new plan together. Maybe it means taking turns with your other half getting the kids to soccer practice so you can get half of your workouts in at night and moving half of your workouts to the mornings.
The main point I’m trying to make here is to be proactive. Don’t wait for the hustle and bustle to start; get a plan in place beforehand and stay on top of things. Remember the five P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.
Recipe of the Week:
On those hectic mornings when time is of the essence and you need something quick and healthy, here is a great breakfast the whole family will love!
Coconut oil or paper muffin liners
1/8 cup water
1/2 lb chicken, ham, or turkey cooked and cut or crumbled into small pieces
2 cups diced vegetables (peppers, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease 8 muffin cups with coconut oil or line with paper baking cups. Fill any remaining muffin cups with 1″ of water, so they do not scorch while baking. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl and add meat, vegetables, salt, ground pepper, and any other ingredients you wish to add. Pour mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
These can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just remove from freezer and thaw in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.
Homework for the week:
If you foresee change coming that may affect your workout routine, sit down and make a plan. Write it down, share it with family, friends, your trainer, anyone who’ll support you and hold you accountable. If you need help, reach out to your trainers; they want you to succeed!
The Flip Side:
We encourage you to try out classes at the gym as well. We offer a wide variety of classes including Cycling, Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga, Zumba, Buns & Bellies, and Cardiofunk. You can sign up using the same MindBody portal you use to sign up for boot camp classes.
Don’t forget to sign up for a membership so you can continue your fitness journey with us. Membership is $99 for a six-month commitment, and $135 month-to-month.