- Meal Prep: Planning meals can mean different things to everyone, but making sure that you have the food you will need to eat healthy throughout the day will save on time, stress, and ensure that you are following your meal plan. It will save you from eating out more or from getting “hangry” later on. Pick a day or two per week and spend an hour or so prepping foods like lean proteins, vegetables, and carb sources (rice, sweet potatoes, etc.). If your kids are old enough, teach them to help you with this process and encourage them to pick healthy meal options for their school lunches. Avoid the morning chaos by prepping everything the night before. Mornings do not have to start off with families stressing to the max.
- Eat Breakfast: Make sure that everyone takes the time to eat the most important meal of the day. Moms are often notorious for skipping this meal because they are too busy taking care of everyone else. Do something different this school year by fueling your body every morning! Overnight oats are a quick meal that can be prepared the night before. Check out our recipe below for a festive pumpkin spice bowl. A simple protein shake with unsweetened almond milk or a Greek yogurt is also a healthy, fast option for everyone.
- Find a Workout You Enjoy: Find a way to exercise that you actually enjoy and make sure that it is effective for your body, works for your lifestyle, and fits your busy schedule! If you like dancing, check out our Zumba class. If you love moving metal, then hit the weights! Back to school can be a busy time and some people may only have time for early morning or late night workouts. Our bootcamp schedule has workouts that fit both of these time frames. Groups energize you and you will benefit from the built in accountability and friendships that you will find at Jada Blitz.
- Schedule Your Workouts: You schedule your children’s events, so schedule your workouts! They are just as important! Plan your workout times in advance with a trainer and stick it on your to-do-list. When your workout is in your schedule and you know you’re going to leave the gym feeling your best, it’s more likely that you will stick to your commitment to stay fit. Momentum is the key for maintaining fitness.
- Include Your Kids: Watching TV or playing videos games shouldn’t be a typical family activity, since they lead to showing your children how to live an inactive lifestyle. Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day and you shouldn’t expect that it will be met at school. Get up and move around! It could be practicing a sport, going for a bike ride, or playing on the playground with your little ones. Both Ellicottcreek Park and Delaware Park have workout set ups so that you can get your own workout in while your children are playing.
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp maple or vanilla extract
Let sit overnight for a quick, healthy breakfast this fall!