Back to school means back to hectic mornings, running the kids to extracurricular activities, and helping with tons of homework. Even if you don’t have kids, August and September still feel like the end of the lazy days of summer. Vacations end and winter is on the horizon.
It can be really easy to let your summertime workouts and days of eating fresh, healthy meals fall by the wayside once the autumn season begins. The key to staying on track with your health and weight loss goals is establishing routines that you can stick to all year long!
Here are four easy and effective steps you can take to stay on track in the coming months.
Reconfigure Your Fitness Plan.
Maybe your workout time is about to be replaced with school activities and kids’ sports, or maybe your favorite walking trail is closing for the season. Whatever the case, if the workout schedule you stuck to all summer isn’t going to work in the fall, decide what will work now, and make a new routine happen.
Pack the kids’ lunches and make sure backpacks are ready by the door. Lay clothes out the night before and make everything ready for the morning, so that you can squeeze in a short workout in the morning, like an IdealShape Up Challenge workout or some interval training!
If the kids have practice or clubs in the afternoons, use that time to walk or run around the park where they’re playing or the track at their school. Take the kids with you to the gym after work, and they can do their homework or take a children’s class while you exercise.
Keep Mealtimes Simple.
It’s too easy to run through the drive-thru after work because you’re worn out or because you forgot to take something out of the freezer for dinner! Planning ahead carefully or even doing some meal prep over the weekend makes getting dinner on the table so much easier. Think about choosing the weeks meals and shopping on Saturday, and then doing your prep on Sunday. Wash and chop veggies, grate cheeses, portion meats, and write down the week’s menu so that you know what’s for dinner each weeknight.
When you get home from work, all you should need to do is take things out of the fridge and get cooking immediately. Even better, load the crockpot before work and come home to a finished dinner!
You can make things even easier by letting someone else do the planning for you. Our quick, easy-to-follow weight loss meal plan does everything for you but the grocery shopping. Easy!
Have a Healthy Breakfast.
Don’t let the morning rush result in a skipped breakfast or a donut from the coffee room at work. A healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be super time-consuming. It can be just as easy as a muffin from the drive-thru or a toaster pastry from the freezer.
Prepare a batch of oatmeal while you’re cooking dinner the night before, then just pop it in the microwave in the morning! Add some fresh fruit, yogurt, and honey.
Even easier, just throw together a quick smoothie. Make sure to include a scoop of IdealShake, which will help you feel full for up to three hours. You can drink this kind of breakfast on the run, no matter what your morning looks like.
Busy school schedules add extra stress to your life, and stress can lead to unhealthy eating and motivation-killing fatigue. Make it a priority to get to bed as early as possible and get a good night’s sleep as often as you can.
Not only is sleep deprivation bad for your health; it can also stop weight loss in its tracks! A well rested mind and body make for a healthier mind and body. When you are well rested, you’re likely to lose more weight in the form of fat instead of much needed muscle, because you’re giving your body time to repair and recover after your workouts.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
One of the easiest and healthiest changes you can make to your daily routine is adding a meal replacement shake. A shake with complete nutrition like IdealShake can save the day when you don’t have time to cook breakfast, when you need lunch on the go, or when you haven’t made it to the grocery store in days. And best of all, IdealShake helps control your hunger and keep you on track to stay healthy and even lose weight.