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Parents Guide for Keeping Workouts on Track

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Soon, the pitter-patter of little feet will be heard more often and even louder throughout your house. Why? It’s spring break!

Then comes summer. Either of these events can put a huge strain on you when attempting to keep your workouts on track while catering to kids of all ages and keeping them busy during their break from school. Actually, the only people who call it a
break are school officials. I’m sure you have other words for it.

However, you can survive the “break” and keep your workout regimen on track by following a few simple steps:

1. Plan Ahead

The key to actually making the workout is to plan for it. If you leave it to chance or how you feel that day, it won’t get done. Sit
down with a calendar and mark off the days and times that you plan to work out. Then take it a step further and plan out what
you’ll do for each workout. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to actually do it.

2. Hide in Plain Sight

Gather all the items you’ll need during your workout, including shoes, iPod, towel, etc. and put them in a pile, or better yet,
your workout bag, right where you’ll trip over them. If everything is in one place, ahead of time, and where you look at it all
the time, you will be less likely to write off your workout and more likely to actually get it done.

3. Enlist Your Kid’s Help

One thing that children get the most enjoyment out of is putting their parents on the spot. So let them in on the fun. Tell them
your workout plans and let them be your accountability partner(s). Believe me, they will enjoy telling you not to miss it and
keeping you on track more than you know.

Use these tips to your advantage. By writing out your plan and enlisting the help of your young supporters, you won’t have to worry about missing out on your workouts during spring, or summer break.

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April 7th, 2011

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