Summertime can be a lot of fun for the entire family, but if you’re a mom with one or more kids, summertime can mean the family’s regular routine gets thrown out the window. Between family vacations, pool parties, weekend barbecues and the seemingly endless chauffeuring to kid camps and other activities, you’re left with little time to do anything for yourself.


But, that can be just as bad when the kids go back to school and you have to get them to practices in the afternoon or spend your evenings helping with homework and packing lunches. To enjoy a little me-time and keep your health up in all of the craziness this fall, use the following ideas for squeezing in a back-to-school fitness routine.


If you are a stay-at-home mom, the kids going back to school can free up some time during the day so you can get to the gym. You may have errands to run or other responsibilities that fill up your time, but fitting in a back-to-school workout can make the stress of keeping up with all of your and your kids’ activities more manageable. Head to the gym right after dropping the kids off or get in a mid-afternoon pick-me-up workout so you can match their energy when you grab them after school.


For those moms who work full-time, back-to-school means an even more hectic time. When you work all day and then have to take the kids to practice, get dinner on the table and then finally help with homework, there ends up being no time for you.


Luckily, some health clubs offer child care where the kids can work on homework while you exercise. Simply head to the gym after dinner and while you are burning it off, your kids can be getting their homework done in a kid-friendly environment.


Managing your family’s schedule can be stressful and complicated no matter what your situation, but your back-to-school routine doesn’t have to neglect your health. Look at your schedule and see where you can fit fitness in each day, even when you are busy.


To start, visit your local In-Shape fitness center. Many of our locations have a Kids Club offering child care, so your kids can do their homework (or be active themselves) while you work on your back-to-school fitness – all as part of your health club membership.