From sunrise to sunset, the kids complain that they are bored, want a sleepover, and want to go to the park, or hang out with their friends. The fridge is being raided and parents are going crazy! Summer fun often includes pool parties, barbecues, family time, and laughter. With all of these events and festivities, it can be challenging to incorporate a workout or fitness training into the schedule. Although mom and dad both want the bodies of a swimsuit model, they may feel too tired or overwhelmed to work out. They may enjoy walking, but it is way too hot to venture outdoors in Phoenix for that! They may like swimming, but the pools are crowded because everyone wants to cool off. They want to spend family time together, but how do they accomplish all the tasks to keep everyone happy? Alas! There is a solution.
P90X consultant, Steph Perez, offers her advice for parents who work outside of the home and for those that work from home. Often times, people complain that there is not enough time to fit in a workout, but will proceed to watch hours of TV, YouTube videos, social networking, and web browsing. Adults make many excuses-including the kids or lack of time-for why they cannot get in shape. Steph says that the first step is to stop making excuses. Friends will often validate the excuses by saying ‘it’s okay, you’re a busy mom. It’s okay to have a mommy body.’ The fact remains, however, that a mommy body (or daddy body) is not okay if it is not fit and in shape. It is unhealthy and stealing time that is needed to enjoy every day with families. After eliminating the excuses, parents need to find the time to dedicate to getting in shape.
Waking up early is a viable solution. This gets in the workout before the day becomes hectic and time gets away from you. In Phoenix, the morning is one of the best times to workout, especially for a brisk morning walk or jog. The sun rises at about 5:30-5:45 in the summer. The air is comfortable, the birds are singing and the kids are still sleeping. Couples can rise early together, get dressed, and then take a short walk around the block. It does not have to be miles, but moving the body is key to getting in shape. Adding small hand or ankle weights will also add to the workout, and it is complete before the day’s events have begun. Phoenix Parks and Recreation also has some clubs or groups that workout together. Strollercise is an activity offered at Rio Vista Park, which allows moms with small children to get fit and stay in shape. It incorporates the baby and stroller in the activity. These events may include a cost, but one cannot really put a price tag on the time that they get back to spend with their families while getting in shape.
This begins the process of getting the swimsuit body that mom and dad want to attain. Eliminating excuses and dedicating time for a workout are the first steps. Phoenix has great weather 340 days of the year. The parks in the valley offer great sidewalks to walk or run, fields to play family sports, pools for water aerobics, or mountain trails for great hiking. All of these events are great for a family to get fit together. Fitness should be a ‘come 1, come all’ event. As one member gets healthy, the whole family embraces the lifestyle. This maximizes their time and health together.