Maintaining motivation to exercise over summer can be tricky – it’s hot, you may be going on a lovely holiday and enjoying lots of good food and drinks, or your regular schedule might be thrown out the window if you have school age kids who have the next six weeks off.
Don’t fear! We have some top tips to keep up your fitness, and also some activities for the kids that will help them burn off a ton of energy!
Are you hanging around our fair city over summer? Why not try out something new. Mixing things up can not only help maintain your motivation, but you never know the fun you could have and the new friends you could meet when you step out of your bubble.
Eindhoven has a super friendly, all ages, all levels touch rugby club for both female and male players. There’s no tackling in this sport, and in fact, women and men play together. Remember playing tag as a kid? Well, throw in a few more rules, and you’ve got touch rugby (well, almost)! They train through the summer and you can go and try it out for free. Check out their website and Facebook for more info, photos, and videos.
AfroMoon World (pictured) is running summer courses in afro dance for both kids and adults, as well as UrbanKiz (Kizomba) for adults. Starting on 9 July, these are high energy, easy to follow (even if you have two left feet), and fun dance styles. You are guaranteed a great workout and a smile from ear to ear. Take a look at the details of these three events on the AfroMoon World Facebook page.
Multi Sport and Fun
This one is for the kids, specifically for those in groups 3 – 8. My own kids have been to these day camps, and they absolutely loved it. Three full days of sport and activities, with lunch, drinks and snacks included in the price. There are two editions this summer – the first from 9 – 11 July, and the second from 13 – 15 August. All the information and registration details can be found on the 040 Sport Events website and there are photos and videos of past camps on Facebook.
Hot Yoga Kids
Another one to take the kids to! Hot Yoga Eindhoven is running a kids’ course over the summer. Running every Wednesday morning from 11:00 – 12:00, and aimed at kids from 5 – 11 years old. There are a number of dates in July and August, and your kids can attend as many classes as they’d like. All the details, including info for introductory classes for adults, can be found on their website.
Swimming and Aqua Sports
Tongelreep and Ottenbad swimming pools offer a variety of swimming and aqua sport classes for adults (including some women only classes) that run all year round. Ottenbad also has an outdoor pool with a few water slides which are fun for kids and adults alike. Find out more on the website for Tongelreep or Ottenbad.
Are you off on a summer holiday but want to do more than eat, drink and be merry? There are plenty of ways to stay active while you’re away.
Sightseeing on foot or bike
Skip the sightseeing bus, and walk or cycle around your destination.
Did you know there are loads of organized running tours around the world? There are runs for different levels, different times of day, short runs, long runs – you name it, you may just find it on the Running Tours website. There are links to independent tours all over the globe. Choose your destination and see what’s available.
Why not try a new sport while you’re away? Waterskiing, snorkelling, diving, hiking, stand up paddle boarding. Ask at your hotel or local tourist info office for advice on what to do and where to find it.
Fitness apps are a great way to help you stay active on your holidays. A really good free app that I use is the NIKE + Training Club app. It has loads of workouts and videos to show you exactly what to do. You can focus on your core, or legs, or do HIIT workouts, yoga, or interval training, among dozens of others.
Remember to have fun!
Balance is key, so don’t beat yourself up if your exercise regime slides over your holidays. Enjoy yourself. And when you get back home, try to get straight back into exercise. It’ll release those feel good endorphins and help you get over those post holiday blues.