August 13th, 2018

Back to School Survival Guide

Whether you're a parent or student, going back to school can be a tough transition - from managing schedules and staying healthy, to getting the most out of your school experience. Amazfit is here to help with a handy guide on what you need to get through this transition. From products, to tips, to general information, take the guesswork out and start the fall right!

Managing Schedules

Managing schedules is critical to avoid missing classes, practices, rehearsals, and valuable time with friends and family. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know how to be efficient with their time or prioritize their daily activities. Let Amazfit help and become a schedule pro in no time!


Expert Tips & Tricks

Get yourself a good calendar. Assess what kind of person you are when choosing a calendar. Are you more of a visual learner? Do you need to write something down in order to follow it? If so, get a blank calendar you can scribble on. If, on the other hand, you have messy handwriting, are more tech savvy, or tend to use your phone a lot, get an advanced calendar app.

Out of sight, out of mind. Whatever calendar you choose, put it somewhere you can constantly see it. If it's nowhere to be seen, chances are you won't get in the routine of sticking to your schedule. 

Get the whole family involved in planning schedules! This whole process will be more successful if everyone in the household helps out and is knowledgeable of what's going on, and when. Work with your kids and/or significant to help plan a whole week in advance. 

Great Products to Help
Calendar Apps:

  • MyStudyLife is a calendar app designed specifically for students with features like a homework tracker, class schedule manager, and special appointments for tests and exams
  • ZenDay is a neat calendar app for Android and iOS that offers an interactive timeline-style display and even informs you of how well you're managing your time
  • Accompany is a great option for professionals. It automatically pulls detailed information about people and companies in your upcoming meetings so you can better prepare
  • Personalized Magnet Calendar: Don't get just a regular calendar; get one that's personalized with your name, family picture, or favorite quote to keep you on track!
  • Design your own printable calendar on Canva

Eating Well

Ensuring proper nutrition is important to help keep your mind sharp and power you through long days. Without a plan set in motion, you will likely turn to unhealthy choices. Get organized about meals and snacks, and you'll be on the right track!


Expert Tips & Tricks

Plan and prep. Take one day of the week and use it for planning and/or preparing your food in advance - for a few days or even the whole work week. This sets you up for success when busy schedules usually lead to turning to fast food or processed foods with lots of empty calories. Fail to plan, plan to fail.

Pack healthy snacks in your car, dorm room, purse, or office. Nowadays, there are plenty of options to choose from to suit your tastes. These can be there just in case you are hungry and there are no healthy options. 

Use apps like myfitnesspal and cookbooks for planning and preparing meals. This will guide you on what to cook and how many calories are in the foods you're consuming.


Great Products to Help

Healthy Sweet Tooth Snacks:

MyFitnessPal: A great app for counting and tracking calories 

In addition to tracking the calories you burn throughout the day, Amazfit smartwatches can also sync with apps like MyFitnessPal to receive notifications about calorie consumption. Use this to your advantage to stay on track with your workouts and weight management. Here's the link to get yours and get moving.

Staying Fit

Making time for fitness is important to help you relieve stress, support your immune system, and sleep better. In addition, your strength and endurance will increase, which will not only lead to achieving aesthetic goals, but more importantly, will help you get through the entire day without crashing. 


Expert Tips & Tricks

Anywhere exercises: A gym is not always necessary to maintain fitness. If time is an issue, use your environment to increase your fitness level. Utilize on-the-go exercise equipment like bands, disks, and jump ropes while you wait for your kids at sports practices, music lessons, or other after-school activities 

Include a fitness activity as a part of your daily schedule: Treating exercise as any other appointment will ensure you actually complete it. Use one of the mobile apps mentioned earlier in this article - along with a smartwatch from Amazfit - to ensure you receive reminders to work out!

Make fitness fun, perhaps by finding an activity that family or friends can do together. Hit up the local park or city-sponsored health events which are likely to have fun group activities. 

Great Products to Help

  • A bag full of fitness products you can stuff in your car for on-the-go: jump rope, exercise bands, and disks all in one
  • Reversible Mat:One side is for sweaty workouts, the other side is for stretching and relaxation type exercises 
  • FitDeck Cards: This deck of illustrated cards is a great tool for dynamic workouts at home, school, the office, or on the go 
  • The Amazfit Stratos fitness smartwatch:  Easily track your overall fitness level by measuring your VO2max  to ensure you are not only active enough, but are becoming more fit in the process. Also track your heart rate, daily steps, and even workouts in 14 different sports!

Communication

Communication will be essential in coordinating drop-offs and pick-ups, after-school activities, and meetups with friends. Avoid wasting time, missing practices, or arriving late to engagements with good habits and clear communication channels.


Expert Tips & Tricks

Reminders are key! Send your family members an evening text or email reminding them of the next day's plans.

Break up responsibilities by having an alternating schedule for who is picking up or dropping off the kids each day. 

Coordinate and carpool with parents who live close to you to conserve time and gas. 

Connect with each of your kids' teachers to stay up-to-date with school events and your child's progress.

Great Products to Help

  • GroupMe: a chat app in which several people can communicate from various phone carriers. Click for details
  • Skype or FaceTime: live face-to-face chatting with your family and friends. 
  • Remind 101: Keep up-to-date with your kids' teachers. With this app they can remind parents and students about assignments, meetings, or field trips. Click to download for iPhone
  • Amazfit smartwatches sync seamlessly with your phone to alert you of incoming calls, texts, emails, or messages from other apps like WeChat and Google Hangouts. This way you never miss a beat with friends, parents, teachers, or professors.
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Kendra Beavis, Designer, Marketer & Amateur Fitness Enthusiast

Kendra Beavis was trained in the Swiss method of design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. She has over 15 years of web design, social media management and marketing and branding. She is a mother of 2 and a fitness enthusiast. @thinkmoka