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Exercise Routine, Interrupted

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Summer has arrived! We enjoy longer daylight hours, a break from routine, and maybe some time to get away or just relax and recharge. Just because schedules are different doesn't mean that your fitness routine needs to take a back burner or get put on hold.

Many of you may find this season particularly challenging if you are traveling or are spending more time with your children while they are on summer break, or both. No matter your personal situation, life often gets in the way of staying consistent with exercise. Here are my top tips on making it work:

  • Plan - this cannot be overstated. If you don't take a look at your week ahead, and plan when you can get your exercise in, it's just not gonna happen. Remember, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Go on, now, get that schedule out! Once you have your plan mapped out, don't stop there! Decide precisely what you will do. Prep your workout gear, water, and any equipment you need the night before your planned workout.

  • Flexible Thinking - I get it, you love your exercise class peeps, or the feel of the barbell, or your yoga teacher, or your running group. But if these things don't fit your schedule right now, what will? It could be as simple as changing the time of day when you workout. Maybe you can trade off childcare with someone who's in a similar situation (see this guest post for more tips like that, here). Maybe you can do a workout at home using a workout routine you find online. Maybe you can do a workout at the playground. Maybe the author of this blog created a free ebook with workouts you can do anywhere while the kids play, hint, hint. Keep asking yourself, "How can I make this work?"

  • Flexible Thinking 2.0 - Perhaps you typically workout for x minutes, x times/week. How's that working for you, right now? If it's not, no worries, time to regroup! Look at the time you do have available, whatever it is, and make a plan to do what you can. It's always better to try something that might work than to stick with something that isn't. (If you're having a hard time seeing where you can fit exercise in, email me at, with the subject line "finding time".) Yes, you can!

  • Keep trying - Be tenacious! If you're a woman and you're reading this, I'm willing to bet you already are. Try something for a week or two, and if that doesn't pan out, try something else. No need to judge. You're trying to find what works for you. Be kind to yourself and just keep trying!

  • Hire a personal trainer - Sometimes you need more accountability and support to get you rolling. Before you know it, you'll have the knowledge and experience you need to leave the nest and fly on your own!

Remember, health and fitness are a marathon, not a sprint. Progress, not perfection.

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