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Dynamic Lifestyle | Back to school like a beast

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Finally! It's time for back to school. I can hear the parents rejoicing! Minus the traffic, this time of year is one of the best times to plan, strategise, and make due on your fitness goals.

Let's face it, summer was good! From the amazing heat to the cool rains, great fruits in season - summer 2016 provided the best opportunity for you to work out, look good and eat great food. Now its time to continue the trend with the start of a new school year. Whether you are a parent or a child, here are my top five ways to keep your fitness goals intact with the new school season!

1. Grab a fitness journal - It will keep you focused

There's an old saying - "Only that which is managed can be improved". That said, in the same way we have academic goals, the same impetus has to be placed on ensuring that we write down out goals and work relentlessly at getting them done. A fitness journal will assist in this regard.

Now, don't get me wrong, writing alone will not get the job done. There has to be an all-out fight against procrastination and fear to achieve your fitness goals - working out when you could be sleeping, eating clean when you could be pigging out, and actually becoming meticulous about Every. Single. Ingredient. All that takes time, a precious resource not to be taken lightly. Ensure you grab any book, it doesn't have to be special, it just needs to track your progress.

2. Grab a workout partner or app

Accountability is the next thing that you will need in your war against laziness this new school year. I suggest that you grab an accountability partner or an app that will send alerts, much like your friend, to remind you that you need to work out. Those muscles are not going to build themselves; there must be a support system in place to push you past your comfort zone in order to get you burning. I use one when I run and it tracks my pace, the calories burnt, and my distance. The aim is to better your score at specific intervals to ensure growth.

3. Clean up your kitchen TODAY

While I can understand that having snacks around the house is a good excuse for children, as adults, we need to shift the culture when thinking about food. Unhealthy, preservative-filled and gas-inducing snacks are not the mindset of a Dynamic Lifestyle. Instead, allow your mind and body to have a detox daily, ensuring that the body receives all the adequate nutrition it needs including water. Snack swap all your manufactured food for fresh, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables until you see some improvement.

Remember that in order to do big things, we must start small. Get into those cupboards, and pantries today.

4. Get your children involved

Here's the truth, children live what they learn and follow what they see adults doing. Why not start healthy habits by talking to your children about health and nutrition? In addition, you can have them in the kitchen to help cook. This is also very important if your family has a history of lifestyle-related illnesses and who better than your children to call you out when you're eating badly?

5. Create a vision board

In order to arrive at a destination, you must know where you're going. To do this, you must have your vision clear as to who you want to be and what you wish to look like. That being said, I suggest that you do a fitness vision board. Whether you want abs like Janet Jackson or pecs like Asafa Powell, knowing what the goal is will also push you to work harder and stronger. This is also a great thing to do with children - have them create vision boards as to how they wish to make fitness a part of their lives.

What's Next?!

That's it for this week! All the best in this academic year! Keep checking my social media handles for my September 5 cycle the #MyDynamicLifestyle 21-Day Challenge, the Dynamic Lifestyle boot camps and the Dynamic Lifestyle school tour.

Also, I will be launching my online TV on YouTube on September 5! Make sure you are subscribed to the channel @patricejwhite.

Yours, in fitness.

- Patrice J. White is a certified fitness, lifestyle, and transformation, coach and founder and president of the Sonic Steppers Running Club. Email: info@patricejwhite.com. Instagram/Twitter @patricejwhite. Facebook @whitejpatrice. Give her a call at 876-GETTFIT (876-438-8348).