The summer is officially here. A new month means new goals and in my experience May is when people really start to take things seriously. Chances are you’ve been hoping to get “summer ready” since January 1st but for one reason or another it hasn’t actually happened yet. Well today’s the day. It’s time to push that reset button and adopt a new mindset going forward. Today I have put together my top tips to make sure you keep your best foot forward this summer. Here are some tips for a healthier summer.
1: Move More
It really is that simple. If you’ve been promising since January to gat back to the gym and it hasn’t yet happened, then its time to simply start peeling back the layers and make a promise to just move more. The evenings are now longer and the mornings are now brighter so there is no excuse not to plan a walk or run for even twenty minutes every day. That small and simple step is definitely a step in the right direction. On top of that another little thing you can do – is make your summer weekend plans revolve around being outdoors. If you do that you will automatically be more inclined to be more active.
2: Don’t Concentrate Only On Abs
Don’t spend all your workout time training abs, doing crunches and sit ups and holding a plank. Abs exercises are one of the lowest calorie burners and will not lead to you developing a toned tum on their own. A better use of your time is to pop to the gym and get in some solid weight training. Even if you don’t have a membership – opt for a day pass and use exercises like squats, lunges, shoulder presses and if you have good technique – deadlifts. These are the moves that will really sculpt your core and ensure you are spending your time well.
3: Brew Your Summer Time Drinks
Warmer weather means we all want to reach for refreshing summertime drinks. This can be a major hindrance. Most fizzy drinks and juices have heaps of added sugars. If you can’t seem to take to good old H2O, then opting to brew your own summer drinks is a great idea. Select a flavoured tea you enjoy, green tea is great or any of the dozens of flavours that are now on the market. Brew it with 2-3 teabags in a large teapot or heat-resistant jug and allow to cool. Transfer into a large jug and add ice and some sliced fresh fruit (oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes work well) and keep in the fridge. Drink as needed. A delicious low sugar and low-calorie drink to enjoy when the weather is warm.
4: Experiment With Salads
Growing up a “salad” to me was cold meat and sliced cheese on a plate with a dollop of coleslaw, a dollop of potato salad and a bread roll! Oh think of the calories! This summer steer clear of any salads that have a dressing already added and experiment at home yourself. The salad bar at your local deli does not contain all healthy options. Research healthy recipes online and make big batches so you can tuck in throughout the day. I have loads of options on my website too.
5: Make Memories
Sit down this week and make plans that will really make your summer. They don’t have to be expensive, they can be things that just mean spending time with the people who make you happiest. Spending time making memories is good for the mind and mental health is just as important as physical health. Plan days to the beach, plan picnics, plan holidays abroad, plan stay-cations, plan BBQ’s, plan to enjoy the months ahead.
I hope you can take something from these tips and put them to use over the coming months. Summertime is a time for fun and adventure. And these little ideas will hopefully make sure you live it to your full potential.