As Summer break approaches, it’s going to be easier to fit exercise into your daily routine, however, when the new school year begins, maintaining this is going to prove to be a challenge.
How can you ensure you don’t slip back into old habits?
Check out these top tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle during term time:
It is natural for us, as humans, to function in a routine. We need a constant in our lives and by having a routine, you can organize and plan your week more effectively, hopefully, there will be fewer surprises!
Choose when to exercise in the day. For example, a lot of teachers choose to work out in the morning before school as it sets them up for the day. It is scientifically proven that short burst of exercise release feel-good endorphins that will stay with you throughout your morning. Another benefit of exercising in the morning is that when it gets to the end of the school day, you have already completed your workout and cannot use marking, staff meetings or other admin tasks as excuses not to.
If you have no choice but to work out in the evening, then make sure you pack a gym bag with you and take it to work. Avoid going home and then going out again as once you are home, it will be hard to leave. Also, take a pre-workout snack to school with you so you can keep your energy levels up!
Short Intense workouts
We know that educators have busy schedules and it can be hard to fit in 2-hour gym sessions so try to do 30-minute high-intensity workouts instead (HIT). There are loads of videos on YouTube with different routines for you to try! You don’t even need to leave your living room. If you have enough space, complete the routine in front of the TV, try to get the whole family involved! 30 minutes is only 2.1% of your day so you cannot use the excuse of not having enough time!
Find an exercise partner
Try to convince some of your colleagues to get involved and work out with you. You will be less likely to miss a workout if it means you are letting other people down.
Your colleagues will also be a good source of motivation. You can all work as a team to encourage each other to keep going and push harder no matter how much of a stressful day you have had.
Get your school involved
Encourage your school and students to get involved. Become a fitness ambassador for your school. Not only will it help you to stay focused but it will improve the health and mental wellbeing of your students too!
We all know that it is much easier to order in junk food or pick up a sandwich from the local shop for lunch when compared with cooking nutritious meals from scratch every night but this does not have to be the case. Spend a couple of hours on a Sunday, prepping meals for the week, and job done!
Great meal prep ideas include:
All you need is some Tupperware boxes and storage space in the fridge!
If meal prepping still seems impossible, you can always make lots of delicious smoothies that you can drink on the go. Recipe ideas can be found here.
We all know that social media gets a bad reputation but it can be used for a positive impact. There are so many health and fitness profiles on there that provide daily tips and bursts of inspiration to keep you focused. There is even a Twitter account, run by teachers called FitLeaders, check them out here.
Don’t lose your focus the minute you return to school, don’t let all the hard work you’ve done over the Summer go to waste, implement these 6 tips to maintain your health regime, we promise it will be worth it!