The nice weather is finally here and we can all enjoy everything that comes along with it. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a gift and a curse. Yes, the days are longer, which tends to lead to more activity especially outdoors, but there are some things to look out for as well.
Summer is a time when we can easily get caught up in the relaxed feel of our “new” day-to-day lives. What we eat and drink may not be as disciplined as it was in the months leading up to sunmer. We spend a lot more time hanging out with friends and family at the beach, the lake or just in general. This laid back feel can ultimately be a recipe for disaster.
Another possible pitfall of the sunmet is the fact that most workouts take place inside and we naturally want to be outside soaking up the sunshine. This can lead to blowing off workouts more regularly or not even booking them in the first place thinking that “I will just get back to it in the fall.”
Believe it or not, all is not lost when it comes to sticking to your health and fitness routine throughout the summer. Here are some simple tips that will keep you on your game at a time when the number of possible distractions seem to quadruple:
- Take advantage of the summertime fruits & vegetables that are in season. LThis will add some much needed variety to what you are already eating and drinking.
- Start making more of your meals on the grill. This will not only get you outside more, but it is another way to turn your mundane recipes into more creative meals. Have you ever had grilled fruits? YUM!
- Workout outside! More vitamin D and fresh air, please! Just like the gym air can get stale over time, so can your workouts if you are not switching them up from time to time.
At the end of the day, don’t be too hard on yourself! If you’ve been working hard all winter and spring, then it’s time to get out there and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Be confident at the beach and pool knowing that you are on a lifelong journey of health and fitness! Should you enjoy the summer? Of course you should, but like most things in life, all good things must come to an end.