MMB – How to Juggle Kids’ Sports & Your Fitness

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are walking into your Monday feeling energized and refreshed!  Awesome job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  I know spring can be a very busy time as you adjust to new sports schedules and increased activities as we draw closer to the end of the school year.  It’s an exciting time of year, but a crazy busy one too!  Make sure to read my blog below to get some ideas of how to weave in fitness in the cracks of your time!

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Cardio Core is Tuesday at Jen’s Studio!  I teach three classes on Tuesdays:  5:45pm to 6:45pm, 6:55pm to 7:25pm, and 7:35pm to 8:05pm!  I currently have openings for class tomorrow night, so please text or e-mail me to be added to the class roster! 

 

  1. Cardio Core date changes in April & May!  Due to my son’s baseball schedule, there are a few Cardio Core classes that will be taught on Monday nights.  Here are the dates:   4/8, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20  I’ll have sign up sheets available this week. 

 

 

  1. 6 -Week Spring Fitness Challenge is coming April 6th!  It’s time to celebrate spring with another Fitness Challenge!  Come get weighed in on week 1 and again on week 6 and let’s find out who the biggest reducers are out there!  This is a great time to invite a friend and shake things up in your fitness routine together!  Classes offer timed fitness tests, drills, and obstacle courses that are designed to motivate and challenge you to bring your best!  Let’s do this thing together and have amazing results that will catapult you to the next level!  NOTE:  There will be NO Challenge on Sat. April 27th! 

 

Thought for the week:  How to Juggle Kids’ Sports and Your Fitness!

It’s springtime and that means your life ramps up and gets a little crazier right?  If your kids play sports or you are a grandparent who attends sports events, then you understand how time consuming these activities can become.  For those of you who are not coaching, have you ever noticed how most people spend their time during practices or games?  Yup, sitting or standing….for hours!  This makes me nuts.  I personally, refuse to attend a baseball game for three hours and do nothing.  It’s impossible for me to sit down on a bleacher seat for three hours straight – I can’t do it.  So, what do I do instead? 

I want to share some ideas with all of you who attend sporting activities with your kids.  Yes, there may be times when you are helping out score keeping or assisting coaching and I totally get that.  But, what about those times when your job is to just be a parent and show up and support your kid?  Does this mean you are destined to spend every Saturday sitting around for hours and not moving?  I challenge you to rethink how you can spend your time in a more productive way. 

Here are some ideas:

  1.  Arrive early with your kid and while they are warming up with their team, you come prepared with your fitness clothes on and running shoes.  Do dynamic stretches and go take a power walk, jog, or run around the park for 20-30 minutes. 

 

  1. What to do while the game is going on?  Again, wear your fitness clothes and find a spot on the sideline.  Launch into doing sets of squats and lunges.  Get your push-ups in, core work like planks, and do single leg squats and holds.  Got tubing?  Good! Use it!  You can add in lunges and squats with tubing work for flys, raises, bicep curls, tricep kick backs, rowing, etc. Continue until you’ve really taxed your muscles and get to muscle fatigue.  The reps vary from person to person, but if you’ve been doing fitness with me, then you should know what that looks and feels like 🙂

 

  1. How intense does this need to be?  Well, if you go too hard, then you are totally preoccupied on your fitness and are not paying attention to your kid’s game.  I totally get this.  So, weave in your fitness when your kid is on the sideline, dug out, or is not featured in the play. 

 

  1. Don’t want to do fitness alone and look like a weirdo?  O.k I get this too.  Invite a fellow parent along to join you!  Get a small group of parents going where you are all there doing the same thing!  Start a new trend where parents are actually moving together instead of sitting there for hours. Be proactive and put a text out to the team parents that you are planning on doing some fitness and encourage them to join you!

The bottom line is that it’s all a change in mindset.  We are all busy people and the way to be more productive in life is to multi-task and this is especially true for squeezing in fitness.  You’ll be much happier if you take care of some fitness business while you are spending time with your kids.  As a homeschooling parent and trainer, this is just part of my norm and how I have to get life done with fitness.  You can do it and you are worth it!  Give this approach a try and let me know how you did!