We just got back from vacation yesterday. The boys are actually still with their grandparents and won’t be back until Thursday. Then as you all know it’s Labor Day Weekend. And after that each one of the boys starts at new schools/daycares (and on abbreviated schedules at that).
So, with all that being said, I feel especially qualified to say what I’m about to say.
Post Labor Day/back to school is NOT a good time to start a new health and/or fitness routine.
You were probably thinking it would be perfect since summer’s ending and kids are going back to school. It’s not.
I don’t doubt your intentions but here’s what’s probably going to happen: works probably going to pick up, little Jimmy & Susie are going to have different & new school and extracurricular activities and all of your friends and family will want to see you to tell you all about their summer adventures and catch up.
After all that stuff you know what’s not going to happen: you’re not doing that new workout routine or sticking to that new diet plan. It’ll actually be hard to keep up the routines you normally have. Adding new stuff will just be adding more stress to an already stressful time. Don’t do it.
Here’s what you should do:
- Continue doing all the healthy things you’re already doing. Remember this may be tough also so make it a priority.
- During the next week or two take an honest account of what your responsibilities are at home, work and with your friends. See what the actual demands on your time are.
- Start to plan out what you can/want to do. Be as realistic as possible as you can here. If you haven’t been up before 7am in the last 5 years (you obviously don’t have kids) don’t lie to yourself and say you’re going to go to that 5am Body Burn class.
- Set a time a couple of weeks from now when you’ll start the new plan. Use the time in between to make whatever alterations you need. That being said, the plan is never going to be perfect. So when the start day gets here: START! No matter what.