It’s not always easy to work out when you’re juggling work and looking after your children. Heck, it’s not always easy to work out in general! But, incorporating some fitness into your weekly routine is really important for your health, as well as a great opportunity, to unwind.
So, to help you out, we quizzed two leading British athletes – one who is a parent! – on their top tips for how parents can keep fit…
“My diet is pretty straightforward, I’m not that fancy in the kitchen. I think with families it’s snacking all the time [that can catch you out].” We totally agree.
Martyn’s favourite family snack is the Müller yoghurt. “Everyone can have a Müller Corner yoghurt pretty easy, it’s a good part of your lunch, it’s a good snack for the whole family.”
British hurdling athlete Andre Pozzi told us that there’s lots of easy stuff parents can do to keep fit. “There’s loads of body weights and circuits you can do, and you can buy weights like kettle bells relatively inexpensively. Do stuff like squats, lunges, side lunges with them.” Remember that when you’re doing exercises with weights, take it easy and build up the weights gradually.
4) Try an at-home circuit workout
“There’s loads of circuit exercises you can do around the house, too,” Andrew added. We recommend doing things like jumping jacks, tuck jumps, squats and burpees. You can even do simple things like jogging on the spot and skipping for a minute long. “It doesn’t take very long to get fit, when the intensity is higher you often burn a lot more - you don’t need to do an hour on a treadmill,” said Andrew.
Müller are launching a new on-pack promotion where you can win an athlete to come to your school and win £2000 of sports kit for your school. Find out more, here.
Written by Arianna Chatzidakis