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Stay-Fit Tips For Busy Women

Finding the time and motivation to stay fit is a challenge for many of us. By the time we’ve gotten the kids ready for school, completed a million of tasks at the office, talked to a cranky client (or a dozen of them), done the laundry and cooked dinner, exercise has become just another chore that we’re unable to face. If you’re struggling to stick to your workout routine, here are a few stay-fit tips that will make it easier.

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Get plenty of sleep

Sleep is often the first thing to go when we’re busy, but sacrificing sleep is one of the worst strategies when you’re trying to gain extra hours. Fatigue kills your productivity, so everything takes longer, your mood plummets down and your stay-fit plan goes out of the window.

Schedule time for exercise

You will probably not get a whole lot of exercise done, if you’re hoping to work out whenever you have time. It’s best to put your exercise on your schedule and stick with it, even if it’s only 15-30 minutes at a time.

Make use of breaks

Lunch breaks are a great opportunity to get active. Even if you work from home or take care of your kids, you can usually take a few minutes out here and there, and sneak in some crunches or push-ups.

Get an exercise buddy

When you exercise with your kids or a friend, you will have more fun and you will feel more motivated to show up. After all, if you don’t, it won’t just be a simple change of schedule, you will be disappointing another person.

Have fun

It’s not likely that you’ll stick with a high-impact routine that you hate, especially when there’re so many other things competing for your attention. If, on the other hand, you choose a form of exercise that you enjoy (even if an expert or your personal trainer says it’s not as effective), you’ll keep turning up.

Let go of perfection

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Kids get sick, deadlines take over our lives, emergencies come up. Don’t let that discourage you. It’s never too late to get back onto the fitness bandwagon.

Hopefully, these stay-fit tips will help you start your exercise routine with more ease and stick with it!

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February 24, 2015

Get Fit Together: Exercise Ideas For Parents And Kids

Are you too busy with the kids to find time for exercise? You can get fit together with these exercise ideas for the whole family.

Play ball games

Everyone, from babies to adults, loves ball games and you can always modify the rules to suit the players’ competence level. Our favourite game is soccer at the moment, which is not surprising with all the excitement around the World Cup still fresh in my kids’ minds.

Chase them

Chasing games are another activity everyone enjoys and there are different variations to play depending on the age of your children. If you have a toddler, you’ll probably be doing all the chasing. With older kids you can play tag, freeze tag or make up your own rules.

Ride bikes

Kids love bikes, which has been confirmed by a recent study by AVG. Bike riding has been found to be the one offline activity, where 3-5-year-olds are as competent as in operating gadgets. So grab the bikes and head to your local park.

Do yoga

Find local classes for parents and kids, or lead your own yoga practice. You’ll need to be somewhat creative explaining the poses in a way that holds your children’s interest, but it won’t be too hard. Luckily, many poses are named after animals, which makes it easy for kids to relate.

Count steps

Walking is an easy way to stay active, but kids often whinge when we ask them to walk for a long time. Get a pedometer and all of a sudden walking transforms into a fascinating experiment. How many steps are there from home to the shop? Is there a difference between adult steps and kids’ steps? Children are curious and will walk to find out the answers.

Dance

Little ones naturally start to bounce around as soon as they hear music. Instead of reaching for the camera, join them. Play kids’ songs with movements that go with the words or simply songs with nice beat. Everyone can take turns showing the moves.

Exercising with your kids will not only get you fit and save you time. You’ll also be connecting with your kids on a whole different level and teaching them healthy habits for life.

More info on AVG study can be found at www.avg.com/digitaldiaries.

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By Tatiana Apostolova

July 27, 2014