We’re all about moving your Frame – be it in studio with us or on the go, wherever you are. A few weeks ago, Frame’s founders (both mums of two), Pip and Joan, were carted off to Italy with Airbnb and Tantrum.XYZ and showed us how to do just that… Take it away, superwomen!

Right now we’re in a crazy busy period with two new studio openings coming in January (Hammersmith and Fitzrovia if you’re asking) and with really young families (Romilly is just 11 weeks) we were definitely in need of some time out. So THANK YOU Airbnb for saving our sanity and allowing us to slow down for a moment to remember that time with family is the most important time of all. But hold on, slowing down is not something we do well, so here is our little guide of how to keep active whilst away on holiday with a young family.

Top Tip – take your best mate and their family, it makes everything so much easier! In all seriousness…

We often think that on holiday, everything should be done as a family. Precious time together and all. BUT to be honest, with a young family we’re still all about ‘taking one for the team’ because when you do – the rewards are oh so sweet! For example, Alex (Joan’s husband and Phin’s godfather) took one for the team by taking not just 2, but 3 kids out for 90 minutes at the fun fair which just so happened to be happening in our local village on the weekend we were in Italy #win. The boys got to ride on the dodgems (shhh), jump on the bouncy castle and hang out on the merry-go-round, using up every last bit of energy they had (and they have a lot!) and Alex got an hour’s afternoon nap and a 30 minute run by himself in return. So Alex felt like he had won (but we got 90 minutes to sneak in a mini workout and finish off the slightly less exciting work we had for a deadline that day so really it was win/win).

Remember your FIT KIT complete with Resistance bands and gliders? A bit of equipment makes exercise more interesting and increases the variety and intensity of the exercise. We LOVE Resistance bands for… and gliders for…

Kids aren’t always that into the idea of exercise/joining in the fun activities you have planned for them (sometimes Ninjago and Paw Patrol are way more interesting, even when you’re only 3). From our experience, the best way around this is to turn everything into a race. When you’re 3, you always want to be the winner. Does this ever change?

So whilst away in our ridiculously sweet pad only 10 minutes from Verona airport, which felt like the middle of nowhere (top tip, don’t ever spend over an hour transferring when you don’t need to!) everything became a race. Races in the pool on the pool toys, races towards the camera, running races for no reason. Basically, if it was a race, the boys were game.

NB. We have no solution for dealing with a very unhappy loser.

You really thought you were getting in an hour of yoga? Even if you set your alarm for 5am, this just isn’t happening (the kids will wake up at 5.30am. FACT) This is not the time to be worrying about keeping to a specific regime or even working out to your true potential. After all you’re on holiday, and only a few years ago, this was a sure fire reason to lie on a sun lounger and do sweet FA for an entire 12 hours.

What we’re about is squeezing in 10 minutes here, and 5 minutes there. Just enough moving your body to keep you feeling sane and helping you feel like an entire pizza AND a plate of pasta in one sitting wasn’t total gluttony!

At one point Joan (with her beautiful assistant Jayla) spent less than 5 minutes doing one-legged hip bridges. But you try doing single legged hip bridges for 5 whole minutes and tell us that your butt doesn’t feel it the next day. Don’t always feel that you need to do an entire workout (although see above: taking one for the team) but just squeeze in a few exercises here and there, as you see here – Pip had to call time on this planned workout to rescue Romy who just woke up, but it was ok because Romy came and joined in for a bit, and Pip felt awesome that she’d at least done something and gotten her endorphins flowing, ready for a fun filled day.

To be honest, when you’re on holiday in the sunshine with a pool as amazing as ours (honestly, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better pool surrounded by more grass anywhere in the world) the idea of dragging yourself away from it, is never going to be high on your ‘to do list’. So rather than getting anxious by the thought of having to forego either the pool, or the workout, we decided to scheme up workouts which could be done in the pool.

Firstly, there’s SWIMMING. Yep, plain old swimming. But this is a great workout, especially if you’re pregnant or have recently had a baby, as there’s no pressure on your joints and you feel weightless, even if you are double your usual size. Throughout our four days away, you will have found all the adults swimming up and down (we specifically chose a house that had a pool long enough to do actual lengths). Peter was most likely to be found showing off his butterfly (an ex-champion swimmer… all the interesting facts come out on holidays) whereas Pip burnt many a calorie attempting the perfect tumble turn. Sadly still not achieved.

One of the wonderful moments of the holiday was when Zayden decided that at 3 and ¾ it was high time that he learnt to swim, and pulled out a few widths, before powering on to dive to the bottom of the pool to pick up weighted sharks. Yep, you heard it, we’ve found the next Michael Phelps. And his feet are almost as big too.

Secondly, you’ll be surprised at how hard a tricep dip on the side of the pool is.
Thirdly, using only your legs to push your child along on an inflatable is harder than you would ever imagine. HIIT training at its peak.

Although we managed to fit in a fair bit of ‘keeping active’ on our four days away in glorious, sunny Sommacampagna, there were times when our planned workouts just didn’t go to plan. But you know what, that’s ok. Being on holiday with the family is about slowing down and enjoying your time together, without the distractions of work, what others are doing, and ‘just one Paw Patrol on the tv). There were moments when the boys didn’t want to join in, there were times when the babies started crying minutes into a workout, and there were times when an early morning swim got cancelled for a ‘four in the bed’ cuddle-a-thon. And you know what… as long as you let them go, and allow yourself to just be ‘in the moment’ making the most of whatever the situation is (or just wallowing in cuddles) then really it just doesn’t matter. There will always be a chance to squeeze in some squats later!