A lot of people tend to fall off the fitness wagon over the summer. The weather is gorgeous, why would you want to spend even more time inside? Stampede, backyard barbecues, drinks on the patio – they all throw a wrench in your healthy and active lifestyle.
A little detour isn’t the end of the world. Arm yourself with knowledge and motivation, and you’ll get back on track in a hurry.
Follow these six health and fitness tips for summer:
1. Drink Water
And then drink some more. Drinking water will keep your body functioning optimally. If you notice your energy levels dipping throughout the day, you should ask yourself, ‘What and how much have I had to drink today?’ Only coffee in the morning? Only alcohol in the evening? You need to bump up your H2O intake to avoid dehydration.
2. Set Goals
Having a goal gives you a reason to do those extra reps or run that extra kilometre. If fitness is new to you, or you need help creating a roadmap to success, hire a personal trainer and he/she will introduce you to some new exercises that align with your goals.
3. Eat Right
You get out what you put in. This applies to many areas of fitness, but it is important when it comes to your nutrition. We know the occasional cocktail or deep-fried goodie from the Stampede grounds will grace your summer menu, but make the majority of your focus whole foods and meal planning. Kick your sugar craving, and one of the first things you’ll notice is how much better and less lethargic you’ll feel.
By controlling your portions, eating smaller, more frequent meals, reducing high calorie foods, reducing alcohol intake, and changing your restaurant selections, you can lose the weight you want to.
4. Carbs Are Not An Enemy
You need carbohydrates for your brain, heart, and muscles to function properly. Instead of obsessively restricting carbs from your diet, focus on the ones that deliver fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals along with grams of carbohydrate, such as whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. These foods will give you energy over a longer period of time, and keep you full for longer. Limit the simple ones like sugars, added sugars and refined white grains.
5. Pump Some Iron
Strength training will not only help improve your strength, balance, bone density, and joint stability, it will also help you burn more calories. More muscle equals a bigger engine to burn fuel.
6. Regular Maintenance
Every so often, our bodies are in need of a tune-up. Maybe it’s an old injury flaring up, or you want to avoid the risk of injury all together. It’s good to have a team behind you. A personal trainer can teach you how to exercise with proper form. An athletic therapist can help you return to exercise safely and give you tips on how to correct instabilities, and strengthen weak areas of your body. Book a massage or physiotherapy appointment when you need them. Do not hesitate if you have a nagging issue; it could get worse down the road if you try to compensate for it now.