MMB – Summer entitlement?

Good morning everyone,

Oh man, is it heating up out there!  How are you all doing with this heat?  Are you guys drinking enough water out there?  Hydration, hydration, hydration my friends!  Try coconut water if you’ve been out there sweating a lot!  Great job to everyone who made it out to classes this past week!  I know that summertime brings on new schedules, vacations, and a different kind of juggle than the rest of the year, so do your best to keep up your work outs and consistency. 

Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Kid Fit and Moms’ Fit Club is Friday this week….not today!  9:30am to 10:00am is Kid Fit & 10:00am to 10:30am is Moms’ Fit Club.  See you on Friday at Creekside Park!
  2. Class change this week:  Cardio Fusion is still on for Tuesday, but Cardio Core is moved to Friday night at 6:15pm! 
  3. 4th of July Boot Camp is on Saturday, July 1st! 
  4. Jen’s 8th Year Business Celebration is on Saturday, July 15th at 5pm at Jen’s House.  See Jen for details.

Thought for the week:  Summer entitlement?

Ah summer, isn’t it wonderful?  It’s that time of year where we let our hair down, ease up on structure, stay up late, sleep in, eat ice cream late at night……..What??!!!!!!!   Oh boy, it’s so tough being a trainer!   Yes!  These things are true and it’s all wonderful…..kind of. 

Many of us feel that because it’s summertime, this gives us license to do whatever we want and say the hell to routine and discipline.  Am I wrong?  I was at an event this weekend and many of the parents were talking about the new normal of what a summertime schedule looks with late nights, sleeping in late, eating treats galore, and enjoying the freedom of it all.  As I was smiling listening in, I was also cringing because I know some of the misery that lies ahead.

So, I don’t mean to sound like Scrooge, honestly, but I am going to try my best to be the voice of reason here.  Listen carefully.  Enjoy the more loose nature of summer, but with your hands still on the reigns.  Every day cannot be a party!  If we treat every day like it’s a party and take in more sugar, alcohol, carbs, and are moving less….guess what’s going to happen?!  You are going to be miserable as you gain extra pounds in the next few weeks and are suffering through your work outs because you are off track.  Ugghh!  Don’t let this happen guys!  You have all been working so hard all year long and I’d hate to see you get way off track and then live with regret later on as you are struggling to get back into “pre-summer” shape and discipline!

Here are some tips of how to not have summer entitlement:

  •  After breakfast, make everyone get up, get dressed, and head out the door for a brisk walk.  Take a ball with you and head to the park for a little basketball or 4 square.  If you are more adventurous, try doing one of Jen’s Running Boot Camp style of exercise.  Inspire everyone to jog or run for 2-3 minutes and then do a plank challenge and see who can hold the longest!  You don’t need to kill your kids with an hour long running boot camp, but could you try 20-25 minutes?


  • Plan a hike before the heat.  Have you been to the Pleasanton Ridge lately?  Pack some snack and head out the door before the heat kicks up.  This is a great way to get out in nature and burn up some calories.


  • Set the expectation the night before.  At dinnertime, announce to everyone what the plans are for the morning for exercise.  This way, you’ll have much less grumbling because the plan has been set.  Inspiring everyone to move in the morning is not going to go very well if you spring this on them when they wake up, especially if you have teenagers, capiche? 


  • Something for me, and something for you.  This is my summertime philosophy and it’s how I roll in my household.  For example, I’m still making my kids do some school in the morning, usually from about 9am to 11:30am or noon.  I promise them that if they do a good job with their assignments, then we’ll go out and do something fun in the afternoon or have a play date.  Or, if they get up early with me and do a “morning wake-up” aka exercise with mom, then we’ll do something fun afterwards.  Basically, it’s a give and take system that works really well because there’s always a carrot dangling for them to motivate them to get their work outs in and stay active.


  • Invite buddies.  Want to motivate your kids to move more?  Ask some mom friends to come along with their kids and do a walk around the park or plan an obstacle course challenge on the playground.  Have each kid come up with an obstacle course and time all of the kids to find out who is the fastest!  Kids come alive when there’s competition, so be creative!


  • Watch the sugar.  This is the time of year when ice cream, frozen yogurts, and Jamba Juices are king.  Be careful!  Many of these drinks are sugar bombs in disguise and will get your kids really hooked on sugar.  That goes for you too, so please watch those sugary drinks!  Make a homemade smoothie instead so you can put super food ingredients in your smoothies and cut down on the sugar.  Have you ever tried freezing fruit and serving those as treats?  Think grapes or cherries, yum!


  • Dinnertime walk.  Yup, get the whole family up and out of the house after dinner.  It you are all up for a jog, that’s groovy, but unlikely.  At least if you are walking, you are still moving and it will aid in digestion and keeping your metabolism going.  It’s also a great time for family conversation and catching up.  Unplug from the video games and plug into each other!

I hope these tips give you some helpful ideas of how to manage summer and avoid summer entitlement!

See you in class soon!



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