Monday, April 15, 2019

8 Ways To Stay Fit & Healthy This Summer

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Summer is a great opportunity to focus on you and your health when you have a little more time on your hands. Even if you have to work over the summer season, it’s usually a more relaxed time of the year for everyone.

Be mindful not to allow yourself to fall into bad habits or get lazy about your workouts this year. Instead, commit to educating yourself about ways for how you can stay fit and healthy this summer so you can feel good about yourself and happier overall. Think of how nice it’ll feel to get back on track and focus on you for once if you’re struggling to commit to these new behaviors.

1.    Walk More & Get Outside

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather. This is your chance to get outside and fit in more daily steps by walking more often. You can achieve this goal by:

·        Parking further away from your destination.

·        Biking or walking to work.

·        Running or hiking on different trails.

·        Playing in the park with your kids.

The sunshine and exercise will lift your mood, and your clothes will start to fit better, which are both positives you should look forward to experiencing. If you’re spending more time outside, you can also stay healthy this summer by consistently applying sunscreen to protect your skin.

2.    Make Healthy Desserts

Summertime is typically a time to indulge in favorite foods while attending barbeques and parties. However, this year make it a goal to bake and bring healthy desserts to your special occasions. Hop online to read more about a recipe that’s delicious and healthy at the same time so you can still eat dessert but without any of the guilt. You’ll be able to use your pressure cooker instead of the hot oven, which will be more pleasant in the heat. In general, eat healthily and try to cut out the carbohydrates, unhealthy fats and added sugars best you can. Summer is the perfect opportunity to cook with and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables in general as well.

3.    Drink Less Alcohol

You can also stay fit and healthy this summer by committing to drinking less alcohol. It’s easy to get caught up in consuming these extra calories when hanging out with your friends in your backyard or a bar. However, think of how much better you’ll feel if you drink less and don’t wake up the next day feeling tired or with a bad hangover. Instead, it’s a better idea to choose to wake up early and fit in your daily exercise so you can start to shed those unwanted pounds.

4.    Hire A Trainer

It’s easy to slack in the summertime and put off working out for another day. Therefore, consider hiring a trainer this year to help keep you on task with your exercise routine. You may be hesitant to go to the gym or join a gym because you want to spend more time outside. Therefore, find someone who doesn’t mind training you outdoors so you can soak up the nice weather while you’re at it. All you may need is an extra boost of encouragement to help you meet your fitness goals. You may even think about asking a friend or family member to be your accountability partner and work on achieving your exercise and healthy eating goals together.

5.    Get Your Rest

It’s easy to fall into the bad habit of staying up later in the summertime because there are likely more fun activities going on with friends and family due to it being lighter in the evenings.  However, consistently doing so will cause you to feel extra tired the next day and being sleep-deprived will make it harder for you to lose weight as well. Stay fit and healthy this summer by getting your rest and going to bed at a decent hour each night. Don’t be afraid to get out the hammock in the backyard and lie down and take a nap on the weekends when you have a little extra time on your hands. You may even consider taking Friday’s off once in a while in the summertime to catch up on sleep and decompress from the long week at work.

6.    Reduce Your Stress with A Vacation

Another way to stay fit and healthy this summer is to focus on reducing your stress. One fun option for doing so is to get away on vacation. It’s important to take breaks from your daily routine and obligations and allow yourself to relax without any worries or cares. Keep in mind that you’ll want to make sure you avoid using your vacation days as a chance to skip out on exercise or eat poorly. Maintain your good habits, and you’ll feel a lot better on the whole when you return to your regular schedule and home life.

7.    Stay Hydrated

Instead of consuming all that alcohol, turn to water so you can stay hydrated as well. You’ll have better skin and more energy when you drink more water each day. In addition, it’s in your best interest to keep away from sugary drinks that are often tempting to buy and consume when the weather warms up. Remember that being in the heat can take a toll on your body, so it’s even more critical that you drink more water in the summertime. Drinking more water before meals will help you to feel fuller and eat fewer calories as well.

8.    Visit Your Doctor

Think about using the summer months to visit your doctor and get your annual physical or checkup. Stay fit and healthy this season by discussing any questions or concerns with your provider and making sure you’re taking proper care of yourself. It’s vital to stay up to date on important health screenings and lab tests so you can quickly determine if there are any problems you should be addressing.