Summer is upon us and that means it’s time to gear up for bathing suit season. Though many women simply hate this time of year for that very reason, you can be an exception to the rule. If you put a special emphasis on your health and general well being and plan accordingly then you can make this your best summer yet.
Admittedly the planning should start to take place much earlier in the year, but you can get geared up for the summer any time. You do want to remember that in spite of a busy schedule and loads of fun activities that a healthy lifestyle is still important. You must always find a way to workout and to continue to put your well being at the center of your daily activities. Here are a few simple but highly effective ways to get ready for summer and take it on with the right attitude.
Eat on the Lighter Side
Most of us don’t want to eat anything heavy in the summer. As the temperature rise that’s a great time for salads and lots of fresh and healthy meals. That means less time spent cooking and more time enjoying food from the earth. Consider incorporating at least one day a week that is focused only on locally grown produce with no meat or processed foods allowed whatsoever.
Make yourself a variety of salads for lunches and dinners. Try to get creative with different uses for your produce such as a nice quinoa salad or a whole grain pasta primavera. Keep it light and keep it interesting—that way you’re not weighed down with heavy foods and you are gearing up to shed the pounds as you eat the right foods!
Factor in Some Time to Workout
Everybody tends to get busy in the summer as there is so much more to do. At NYC Adventure Boot Camp we encourage that you start your day with a workout so that you can enjoy the rest of your day. Though you may have a full social calendar you still have to remember to make time to workout. Start this week by creating a schedule that is conducive to factoring in workouts no matter what you might have going on. Even if that means a couple of early morning wakeups a week and perhaps showing up late to a barbeque it’s worth it.
You can also use this time of year to have some fun with your workouts. Get creative and try swimming some laps as part of your workout. Get in a nice and challenging volleyball game or consider becoming part of a running club. You should still plan on attending boot camp a few times a week especially when the weather is warm and you can get in some great activities outdoors that are fun and make your workouts unique.
Remember to Hydrate and Be Smart About Outdoor Exercise
Even when you’re not working out and the temperatures are hot you must remember to keep hydrated. This is easy to forget but you should keep water with you at all times. This helps you to avoid hydration and also ensures that you don’t get bloated from the heat. It’s imperative when working out in the hot months that water be your best companion and that you drink it frequently throughout the day.
Getting in outdoor workouts is a great way to stay active and enjoy summer. Just be smart about these workouts and try to go outside at the cooler times of the day like early morning or later evening. Apply sunscreen to avoid a sunburn, keep water with you, and allow for a warm up and cool down. Your body may need to get used to the warmer temperatures but it will thank you as you get ready for a productive and active summer!
How are you feeling about your fitness level? Do you have any goals that you want to reach for summer? Please contact me, Stacy Papakostas for a FREE consultation.
If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp or Fitness Boxing Classes please visit NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!
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