Parents’ Guide to Stay Active at Sports Tournaments

For parents with kids on travelling sports teams, summertime can be incredibly hectic. With weekday practice and weekend tournaments, you might start to feel like you have no time to get even a few workouts into your schedule, but there is hope as long as you are willing to get a little creative!

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Staying active at weekend-long tournaments without missing your young athlete’s games doesn’t have to feel like a juggling act – you just have to move when opportunity strikes. During the game, you are not able to move around too much, but you should make an effort to stand for at least 25-50% of the game and even walk along the field when possible.

Between games is the perfect time to get more movement in! If you have the ability, you can take advantage of this down time by going for a jog, taking a long walk, bring your bike with and take a ride around town, or even do a quick HIIT circuit like this 12-minute one from Self:

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Warm-up:

  • High Knees — 20 seconds
  • Crabby Crawl Out — 20 seconds
  • Squat to High Kick — 20 seconds
  • Grass Grabbers — 20 seconds
  • Rest — 30 seconds

Superset 1:

  • Yogi Push-ups — 45 seconds
  • Burpee to Lateral Jump Squat — 45 seconds
  • Rest — 30 seconds
  • Repeat one more time.

Superset 2:

  • Walking Lunges — 45 seconds
  • Get-up to Jump Lunge — 45 seconds
  • Rest — 30 seconds
  • Repeat one more time.

Core Burnout:

  • Single Leg Bicycles — 20 seconds each side
  • Push-up to Twist — 30 seconds
  • Sumo Squat Hold With Oblique Crunch — 30 seconds
  • Plank Hold — 30 seconds

It might feel a bit embarrassing to exercise in public, but if you find a private place, or even invite some other parents to workout with you, it can be a really fun way to bond over love of movement!

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