SHAPING UP: Now the kids are back to school, it’s time to get into a fitness routine

East Coast Fitness Graham Low at Seaham Harbour Marina
East Coast Fitness Graham Low at Seaham Harbour Marina

If you’re not, don’t worry!

It can take children a couple of weeks to get used to the classroom environment and school hours again, and it can take parents the same amount of time to change their mindset and get back into their workout routines that went astray during the summer and over lockdown.

There’s still plenty of time to get back on track, improve your fitness and feel great by the end of September!

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East Coast Fitness Graham Low at Seaham Harbour Marina

Here’s my top tips on how to put the summer lockdown lull behind you and get back to eating and living healthily:

You’ve just had a break from exercise and it can feel like starting out fresh all over again with sore muscles and tired minds holding you back. For most people this is the time when they decide to quit, DON’T!

Push through the barrier, the first weeks are always the hardest but when you see the progress you’ll make month after month it make it worth the effort in the end.

East Coast Fitness Graham Low at Seaham Harbour Marina

Don’t Expect Quick Fixes

It’s important that you realise your body isn’t going to be at the same level of fitness it was before the holidays so don’t get frustrated with yourself when you can only run for 5 minutes before you’re breathless. Stick at it and within a couple of weeks you should be back to your previous fitness levels.

Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand but during the summer break it can be easy to fall off the wagon. Whether you’ve been abroad and eaten out every day or visited the ice cream van back home you just have to draw a line in the sand and get back to eating clean healthy food again. No matter how hard you try you can’t out run a bad diet.

It’s imperative to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout. Drink a pint of iced water about an hour before you start your workout and keep a bottle with you during your workout and drink about half a pint after you’ve finished.

The fitness industry is so varied there are 100’s of ways you can get in shape. The key to success is enjoying it and looking forward to your workout, not dreading it. For a fun and enjoyable workout why not try our Group Fitness sessions at East Coast Fitness? They are suitable for all fitness levels, you can workout at your own pace and there’s a friendly, sociable atmosphere.

For more health and nutrition advice or if you want more details on how to get in shape contact Graham at [email protected]

Gingerbread Overnight Oats

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes (plus 8+ hours)


25g quinoa flakes or wholegrain rolled oata

15g vanilla protein powder 1⁄2 tsp ground ginger

1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 95ml milk

1⁄2 large banana, sliced

In a bowl or jar, mix together all ingredients (except the banana and pecans).

Cover the bowl with cling wrap, or fasten the lid on the jar and place in the fridge overnight.

Serve with sliced banana and pecans.

10-MINUTE KETTLEBELL WORKOUTYou’re going to need a kettlebell for this workout. If you can, go quite heavy. You’re going to do 4 big exercises working all the big muscles in your body. Before you start watch the demonstration video on the East Coast Fitness facebook page to make sure you get the techniques correct.

45 seconds Kettlebell Swings

45 seconds Deadlift with Pull

45 seconds Squat with Upright Row

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