The “Summer Bod”
Well, the start of school is a mere three weeks away and if you’re like me, you’ve probably procrastinated a little bit on those summer fitness goals.
I’m a huge advocate for health and fitness; but, let’s be honest, the summer gets busy and I don’t really expect that things will slow down for any of us as we head into the academic year. With that said, I’ve put together a few ‘easy to integrate’ tips that I use when time is of the essence, and hopefully you’ll find them useful too as we countdown the last few weeks of summer.
1) Substitute. Now, I’m not going to tell you to re-invent all your exercise and eating habits by tomorrow because let’s face it, that’s just not going to happen for any of us. Instead, every week pick one or two items out of your daily diet that are unhealthy and swap it for their healthier alternatives. One or two per week will eventually re-invent your diet in a super manageable and RELIABLE way (reduces binges). For example, this week I’ll be swapping out my fruit juices for actual fruit. Fruit juices contain much more added sugar that we really don’t need, and generally are less tasty than the fruit anyways.
2) Morning and evening walks. This is one of my favourites because it’s super simple and effective. I personally like to get my workouts in as early as possible, but if I know that I won’t have time to go to the gym before work or something, I’ll grab my phone, put on a podcast or playlist and go for a 30-minute walk/bike ride. My favourite technique is to go upon waking up in a fasted state, and once again before bed.
3) Hydrate, all the time. Perhaps not as intense as it sounds, one of the simplest things you can do to get healthier is drink lots of water. Drinking water is made so much more complicated than it sounds. The truth is, it doesn’t necessarily have to be just water. Most forms of fluids will help flush out your body, aid in metabolism, and hydrate you. I always have a glass or two as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed. Additionally, one cup before and after every meal. Any more water I drink is based on my thirst level or if I’ve recently done anything excessively physical.
Getting healthy and most importantly, staying healthy, doesn’t have to be as complicated as it’s made out to be. Simply sticking to these three principle steps will get you closer to the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the summer and keep you feeling good into the start of the school year.
I’ll be doing more fitness related posts in the future and I’d love to know what you want me to blog more about in terms of health and fitness… but for now, get that playlist going and head out for a walk!