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Back to Fitness Time!

This is an article I wrote for Mississauga Kids in August:
It's good solid advice!

Now that that your Mississauga Kids are back to school that means there's more time for moms and dads to focus on taking care of themselves.  The summers can be a busy time and often parents put their own fitness needs on the back burner while they are busy taking care of keeping the kids busy and healthy.  Here are 5 tips from Mississauga Personal Trainer Kate Rita to help you get back on track this fall.

1. Schedule It in! As you are mapping out your Fall routine be sure to include yourself in the list. Book “appointments” with yourself for workouts and value your time as much as you would anyone else’s. Don’t stand yourself up and be consistent.

2. Involve the Family. As schedules become more hectic during the week, plan for your quality family time to involve everyone in active fun! Get a quick swim in after school. Plan a hike for Sunday morning or go apple picking. If your 8 year old has a ballet class on Saturday morning, plan a stroller run (or walk) with your baby and/or husband. The most powerful way to teach our family the value of exercise and nutrition is to lead by example.

3. Don’t be derailed! Consistency is a big picture concept. If you miss a workout (or 2, or 4...) do not be discouraged. Remember that the momentum in forming long-lasting habits builds as quickly as it fades. You can get back on track today!

4. Calisthenics is the foundation of the home workout movement. Tremendous improvements can be made using only body weight. With only a mat and some motivation you can kick your own butt at home. If you need inspiration hire a trainer to write you a custom program, or look for exercises online.

5. Remember to include nutrition and hydration as key elements of your program. A lot of hard work can be undone with only a little poor exercise of choices, so keep on track even when you aren’t hitting the gym.

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