Summertime, and the schedule goes all sideways …
I realize this isn’t a universally-applicable situation, but for a person who is home with their kids out of school all summer, this season is … challenging, fitness wise (even with the flexibility of the AbsoluteFIT schedule!).
There’s travel: My kids and I have already made one trip at short notice (involving a LOT of sitting around in airports, and only one really active day) and the whole family will be taking two weeks off in July, not to mention whatever day trips and side quests we manage to gin up.
There are house guests (it’s their travel season, too!), home-improvement projects, lazy pool days, and days it’s just more struggle than it’s worth to round up the kids’ crabby selves and take ‘em to the gym with you.
So instead of freaking out, I’m trying to go with the flow more, and take inspiration where I find it. For instance:
- When I get to do AbsoluteFIT, focus on making the most of it and mastering new moves (see my awesome stability-ball pike, below!).
- Grab opportunities that come my way, like AVAC’s 100K Step Challenge, currently underway (my first two days, I had 12,000+ steps each!).
- Remember that everything counts: A wild game of Marco Polo with the kids, five hours at the zoo, cleaning the house for guests (including tromping up and down a flight of stairs what feels like a hundred times carrying laundry and toys and whatnot).
What do you do to keep from just saying, “Ah, the heck with it, it’s summer — I’ll get back to working out in the fall!”? Regardless, I’ll see you in the studio … as often as I can make it there. 🙂
—Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT @ AVAC BlogQueen
Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast whose AbsoluteFIT journey has resulted in major strength gains, nutrition education, approximately 25 fewer pounds on the scale, and dozens of new workout friends. She can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week — it’s basically her second living room, at this point, but with fewer Legos, Harry Potter wands, and Wimpy Kid books.