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!

All Ages Welcome! – Top 5 Family Sports Regardless of Age!


Active-Family-1-e1344356304521Staying active is integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

There’s no better way to instil the need for activity then playing sports with your kids as a family!

And despite the popular notion, there is no age limit!

Here are 5 family sports that you can play with your kids, no matter their age, from strollers to scooters to sports cars.

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1) Swimming

This is a no brainer! Toddlers in pools are an age old practice, and it helps promote family activity, fun and fitness. According to multiple studies, swimming is the best workout anyone can get. There is limited stress on muscles, and more games to play than you can count. Not overlooking the fact that learning how to swim at a young age can one day save lives.

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2) Biking

Grab your bikes and hit a trail! Biking as a family is an overall great experience for your kids and you. With the Sun out, sunscreen and water are integral! Throw a seat on the back of your bike for your 6 month old and even if they start napping halfway through the ride, the family is still all together! Wee Urban’s President Holly Maclean just participated in the Rouge Valley 10K with her family, and it was an amazing experience that she recommends for all!

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3) Skating

Get a stroller with some blades on it, or hey, the wheels might work just fine on ice. There’s ways to have family fun in the winter too! Go Skating! Especially if you’re from the great white north, skating is basically a must in the winter. There’s always public skating happening during the year, it’s free and it’s great family fun! So check with your local township for schedules! Well, in a couple months…

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4) Rollerblading

It’s skating… but in the summer. Rollerblading is great for families as well and it’s cost effective as you can find good rollerblades for cheap. Put baby in a stroller, strap some helmets, gloves, knees and elbow pads on the kids and get out on a trail or find an indoor rink somewhere. These are rare, but they are out there.

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5) Tobogganing

Another winter go-to. You can get family sleds that fit 4 people, hold on tight to the little one and go down a small hill. A little bit more risky, but totally worth it with the fun that they will have. Tobogganing is winter… they are basically synonymous… Go have fun, get the kids home and dry, make some hot chocolate, throw on a fire, and they’ll be lights out in less than 20!

 

Family sports do more than just make your kids fall asleep (which is a plus) They also promote physical activity, family commitment and communication and brings you closer to your kids. It might even inspire them to further pursue some sort of sport or at the very least physical activity.

Check out the map of Holly’s ride!

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And of course what happened to her 2 boys Zachary and Jacob once they got into the car.

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Go for a family bike ride, and then enjoy your quiet coffee time right after!

Thanks for reading!

 

– Devin Sarges