Summer – The Cheapest Time to Get Fit

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Working out consistently is probably one of the harder things to accomplish, especially as a new parent, or a parent in general, or even just a human.

The winter, in Canada in particular, makes it that much harder to get motivated and get fit. Plus the added pounds around Christmas is a pre-determined kryptonite of New Years resolutions.

Summer however, is the perfect time… We have some tips on what makes summer the best, and cheapest, time to get fit!

 

 

Beach Body Motivation

This is a no-brainer. During the summer everyone is constantly reminded by the beach and the abs and the tans. Of course, most of these bodies are unattainable in the short amount of time we have in the summer, but that doesn’t mean they are not a goal you can strive to reach!

 

The Weather

Another obvious factor… Jogging outside is way more enjoyable than a treadmill. Our suggestion is to find a local trail, and run through the woods. Bring bug spray though. Also, it’s a perfect time to play with your kids outside, that’s technically exercise! My Mom and I used to play badminton in the backyard or go bike riding. Find an active summer activity and do it with the kids!

 

Less Stress

Summer is often way less stressful. The weather is nicer, the kids aren’t in school, people are laid back and their minds are on a permanent vacation. Great time to make some healthy fruit smoothies and go work out! You can add some other liquid in afterward!

 

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Gym’s have deals!

This is the most underrated of them all! Gym’s the most expensive institution ever created (alright not really, but they are not cheap!) usually have deals in the summer. Trial memberships are awesome! Or you can get a free month if you sign up with some friends! So grab a buddy or the hubby and hit the weights… Make sure you stretch!

Alternatively, there are lot more gyms popping up that are lower in price, For example, Fit 4 Less which is a subsidiary of Good Life offers memberships for as low as $9.99 a month! Now that’s cheap.

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All in all, the sun, the warmth, the lack of stress, all point to summer being the best time to get fit, and hey… judging by weather patterns, the warmth might be extended into October!

5 Activities for Family Resolutions

family new years resolution At the start of every year, many people make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or be healthier, and many people lose all their motivation after a few weeks. But resolutions are easier to keep when you’re working together as a family. This way, you’re accountable to each other as group and you work to avoid disappointing each other. Use this year as an opportunity to drop some pounds, get fit, and have fun as a family by using one (or all!) of these family activities.

1. Martial Arts

The martial arts provide significant benefits to adults and kids. You don’t have to compete in violent, match-style competitions to be successful. In fact, most martial artists don’t. Not only will you get a great workout, but you’ll learn a lot about patience, self-control, and discipline. Martial arts studies often offer classes for both adults and kids so you can all practice together.

2. Biking

You probably already have a set of bikes for your family. Locate some nearby trails and go for a ride. Not only is biking a fun and great way to get in shape, but it’s cheap. After the cost of the bikes, it doesn’t cost a penny to ride around. Take leisurely rides around your neighborhood on the pavement, or really feel the burn in the woods.

Helpful tip: Review bike safety laws, wear proper protective gear, and be ready for an emergency when you’re biking away from home.

3. TV Fitness

Even when you’re lounging around watching television, you can include some activity. Play little games were you try to fit in 20 sit-ups during the commercial break, or do a push up every time a character does something silly. Play a game called “Coach” where you take turns ordering each other to do exercises. But don’t approach it like a chore. If you’re interested, your kids will be too.

Helpful tip: “Follow the Leader” can easily be made into a workout if you’re clever.

4. Laser Tag

Laser tag is a fun game you can find in arcades, roller-skating rinks, or family fun centers. The game is simple; you vest or belt and carry a laser gun (which is just a dolled-up laser pointer). Shoot your opponents in an indoor arena to score points or remove them from the game. There’s no projectiles flying around; it’s all electronic. Once you get moving, you’ll get lost in the game and forget you’re there for a workout!

5. Ice Skating

Most people haven’t been ice skating because they fear they can’t do it. Believe it or not, ice skating is much easier than it looks and you’ll pick it up quickly. You don’t have to perform complicated tricks to have fun; even skating in circles can be fun. Find a local rink or use a nearby pond (just be absolutely sure the ice is thick enough to support you all).

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