Ah, Michigan in the spring. Sunshine and flowers---yay! Rain/snow and drastically fluctuating temperatures---not as exciting. I’m approaching my five year anniversary with FIT4MOM Grand Rapids (crazy!) and I’m told that this fact makes me a “veteran” mom. Well, I’ll be the first to tell you that I still have a lot to learn in the realm of parenting BUT I certainly have plenty of experience dealing with the seasonal changes with FIT4MOM classes. Can you believe that there are FIT4MOM classes in geographical locations that allow them to have classes outside all year long?? But, alas, we live in Michigan. Temperamental Michigan… So, as a *AHEM* veteran mom, I thought I’d share what I have learned about outdoor classes during sometimes less than favorable conditions.
1. The instructors do an amazing job adjusting classes and workouts to fit the current weather conditions. If it’s raining, we have stayed under the pavilion for an entire class. The workouts are still amazing, you still work up a great sweat (yes, that’s sweat, not rain), and you and your little ones stay dry. If the rain is very very light, sometime there is an option to leave the stroller under the pavilion and run a lap or two to get an extra cardio workout.
2. Layers---for you and your children. Obviously, our kids won’t be working out like we will be so warm jackets, hats, mittens (if you’d like), and warm blankets are highly encouraged. If your children won’t be too traumatized, you can always extend the sunshade on your stroller and drape a blanket from that to help keep out rain/wind. My boys would never be ok with this but hey, it’s worth a try, right? As for you - yes, maybe you will end up wearing your sweatshirt, jacket, and a hat for the entire class but you might end up feeling the need to take off a few layers, too. I have definitely started a class bundled up and ended class wearing a t-shirt...while it’s raining...and 45 degrees. (Also...don't forget the sunscreen--for kiddos AND mamas-- for those sunny days!)
3. Incentives & bribery---I have no shame admitting that I bribe my children with special snacks for class and special treats or activities for after class when I attend outdoor classes in not so great weather. Sometimes I treat myself to Starbucks afterwards. :-)
4. Treat that rainy, cool day like any other day. Have a desire to get a workout with the fantastic FIT4MOM instructors? Go get that workout. Don’t think very many people will be there? Who cares. Go get that workout. Every time I attend a FIT4MOM class, I never go home regretting the decision to go to that class (except my first indoor class with my double stroller that I quickly discovered did NOT fit through the doorways…). After five years with the program, I have had plenty of classes with just me and one or two other people. I have also had many classes where it was JUST me and the instructor---I prefer to call those classes “personal training sessions”. Guess what? Every.single.class. has been worth my time, no matter what the weather was.
So I challenge you, all you moms who are striving to embrace the power of consistency, either maintain your regular workout schedule or, even better, add another class or two (or three or four) to your calendar! I dare you. Might it be raining? Yep. Might it be chilly? Yep. Will you be guaranteed a phenomenal workout? Yep.
Can't wait to see you outside!