Getting Back on Track After Summer Indulgences
By: Katrina M. – Udi’s employee and author of The Gluten Free Gidget
The summer has been full of barbecues and poolside parties, and boy do those hot dogs and veggie burgers add up! After working out all winter to emerge for the summer months like a svelte, swimsuit clad butterfly from a wool sweater cocoon, you deserve a break. Am I right?
Well…. Here is the thing. Working out shouldn’t be a chore or a punishment. If you find an activity you enjoy, you will be able to maintain your summer “beach bod” throughout the year and avoid the pre-swim season months of gym induced torture.
Here are a few of my favorite tips to “trick” myself into exercising:
- Find a gym buddy. – Even if you don’t go to an actual gym, having an accountability partner will make consistency easier.
- Trade Happy Hour for Healthy Hour! – Instead of meeting for happy hour drinks, try meeting your bestie for a walk around the neighborhood.
- Find an activity you enjoy. – Some of us are runners. Others are yogis or dancers. Find the activity that feeds your soul, mind, and body. By taking the drudgery out of your workout routine, it will begin to feel like fun and less of a chore.
- Try something new. – No matter how fun it may be, the same workout routine over and over can become boring, not to mention hard on the body. Switch things up a little and try a new activity like hiking, swimming, or even Zumba!
- Clean up that diet. – While a barbeque is all well and good, the average person consumes twice their normal amount of daily calories at one of these summer fetes. A well balanced diet of whole foods will enhance your fitness routine to achieve maximum results. Try focusing on fresh meats, beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Observe Meatless Monday. – So, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Monday, but dedicating one day a week to a meat-free, plant-based diet has been shown to have positive health and environmental benefits. Check out www.MeatlessMonday.com for more details.
- Catch some Zzzzz’s. – Sleep is one of the most overlooked aspects of a healthy lifestyle. An average adult needs at least 7 hours of sleep for the body to recharge for a productive day.
Above all, take time each day for yourself. Mindfulness of your body’s needs will go a long way in promoting health and wellness!
Have any other “get-back-in-shape-tricks”? Add them in the comments below!