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Balancing Act: 5 Training Tips for Parents During Half term/Long School Holidays

“How is it school holidays again, we just had one.”, a familiar question I seem to be regularly asking myself. With half-term around the corner in the UK, finding time to train amidst the whirlwind of school holidays can be a challenge. With busy schedules and the small ones in tow, it can feel like there’s just never enough time.

In this post, I’ll share with you some practical tips or reminders to help time-crunched parents make the most of their training time during any school break.

  • Effective Time Management

Make use of early mornings or late evenings for focused training sessions. Set clear, achievable goals for each session for the small windows of time to ‘make them count’.

  • Include Family Activities

Merge family time with physical activities. Organise outings like nature hikes, bike rides, or swimming sessions. It’s a one stone with two birds scenario, letting you bond with your kids while staying active.

  • Make the Most of Nap Times or Independent Play

If you have younger children who are still taking naps or engage in independent play, capitalise on these moments to squeeze in a quick, focused workout. Research has shown 15min 09 secs of work out is enough for a much needed mental uplift.

  • Plan and Communicate

Coordinate with partners, carers or support network to establish a training schedule that works for everyone. Communicating goals and needs in advance can provide the necessary support to achieve your ambitions.

  • Utilise High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT workouts are a time-crunched parent’s best friend. These short, intense bursts of exercise followed by brief rests can provide an effective, efficient workout in a minimal amount of time. Use the ‘Kinni’ App paired with ‘Noble Pro Elite Treadmill’ range to access various length and intensity workout. Don’t have a Noble Pro Elite Treadmill? No problem, sync a ‘footpod’ to the Kinni App and use any treadmill to access a list of workouts. 6 Practice Self-Compassion: I did state 5, but I think this one has a high level of importance. You’re not expected to be a superhero. Take moments for self-care to recharge and be present with your family.


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