5 Steps to a Healthier You This Summer
Our goals don’t disappear just because the temperature outside gets warmer. Even though all we want to do is relax in the heat, we can’t ignore our health. If you’re struggling to stay focused during the summer weather, here are five simple ways you can stay on track.
5 SIMPLE WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
1. Know Your Goals
Many of us know the importance of setting personal targets. However, when we make those goals too ambitious, we often find them intimidating or discouraging, particularly when we see no visible progress being made. By setting smaller, more realistic goals, we give ourselves a chance to actually achieve them. When we accomplish those smaller steps, we are motivated to keep going and wind up conquering even more. So, take the time to reconsider whether you have given yourself feasible objectives — or if you are just setting yourself up for failure.
2. Get SOME SLEEP
Sleep is important, especially during the hottest months of the summer. When you miss out on sleep, you're more likely to have low energy the next day and perform poorly when you exercise. Unfortunately, if you’re struggling to fall asleep, it can feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. Thankfully, you can help yourself by following a few easy steps. As a start, set a regular bedtime schedule and stick to it, no matter what. Next, remove all tech from the bedroom, as blue light can keep our brains active. After making your bedroom screen-free, clear out the clutter in your sleeping area to fully relax your body and mind before you rest.
3. Eat WHAT’S IN SEASON
During summer, we may find ourselves tempted by delicious sugary and high-fat treats, yet these don’t serve our bodies well. Instead, fill up on healthy options that will satisfy your sweet tooth, such as sugar-free yogurts or low-fat ice cream.
There are also plenty of seasonal choices that can be tasty yet healthful. For instance, corn may have a bad reputation, but it’s full of antioxidants that protect our eyes, and it is the perfect shape to throw on the grill. Likewise, blueberries help combat muscle fatigue, and tomatoes can act as natural sun protection. With all the fresh fruit available, it’s simple to keep your diet on track, yet still fun.
4. Work OUT INDOORS & OUT
When the temperatures begin to soar, the last thing we want to do is go outside and work up a sweat. That’s why it can be a saving grace to take our workout indoors, where we can keep the temperature cool and comfortable. With that in mind, you may want something that doesn’t require a large investment. So, why not try yoga, pilates, or something similar that only requires a mat? It may seem daunting to begin a new routine, but there are many free tutorials online to guide you and support your journey.
5. Maintain Good Habits on Vacation
Summer is the perfect time to go on vacation, but it can pose its own challenges to your fitness routine. But by eating fast food and ignoring our workouts, we set ourselves back and make our goals harder to reach. That doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun, but remember: balance is key. Eat out once in a while, but be sure to pack snacks and lunches to help you stay on track, too.
Like eating healthily, working out can be difficult, which is why knowing some basic yoga or pilates exercises can be beneficial, as both are easy to do even in a hotel room. You can also try body weight-based exercises, which are easy to incorporate into small spaces.
Make Time for You
Summer is an opportunity to recommit to our fitness and health goals. The weather may do its best to keep us feeling lethargic, but we can overcome this with the right steps. Make time for indoor fitness, better sleep, and healthy eating to make the most of this new season.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Haywood manages mylifeboost.com, a site dedicated to sharing resources for women seeking knowledge about self-care.