Summertime and the living is easy – or is it? For some, the thought of summer and swimsuit season is a major cause of stress. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re new to fitness or a long-time vet, there are endless opportunities to improve your health this summer. Better yet, it won’t cost you a penny. Kickstart your health this summer by taking advantage of this season’s best treasures:
Long are the days of being a slave to the treadmill. Thanks to the new summer sunshine, you’ve just received your free ticket to this summer’s best new workout studio: the outdoors. Whether you enjoy running, walking, or biking, there’s an option for every type of athlete. Not a cardio fan? Try rolling out your yoga mat at your local park or going for a dip in the ocean for a change of pace (and temperature). New to fitness and not sure where to get started? Take a few laps around your neighborhood, or download mobile apps like Nike Training Club to guide you through free workouts in the comfort of your backyard. However you choose to move, get outside and soak up the summer sun while it lasts.
While frozen margaritas scream summertime, there’s a new drink on the menu that’s worth revisiting – water. Not a fan of the old-time classic? Mix it up by adding seasonal fruits like berries, melon, and pineapple to your cold glass of H2O to give your drink a sweet twist this summer. For those of you constantly on the move, consider picking up a water bottle like the Brimma bottle so you can take your infusions with you.
Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail. The same can be said for social outings like the summer-favorite, barbeques. Rather than choosing between french fries or potato chips, bring your own side to the party so you can have an option that aligns with your nutrition goals. The internet is filled with free resources, like Cooking Light, which detail endless options that complement whatever you grill this summer. Don’t be surprised if your dish turns out to be a hit, these recipes are nothing short of flavorful. Make sure you get a serving before it’s gone!
While summer doesn’t last forever, these healthy habits do. Simple routines like moving your body every day and frequently hydrating can be exercised during any season. Although hard to believe, these small steps can have a big impact on both your overall health and wellbeing. Best of all, when you create habits that you can feel good about you’ll realize that maybe swimsuit season isn’t so scary after all.