Summer is finally here. The harsh coldness of winter is long gone and it's almost safe to say that the unpredictable temperaments of spring are a thing of the past, too.
You thought it would never arrive and it snuck up fast all at the same time. If you caught the "Get Fit For Summer Fast" tips that we shared a few weeks ago, you may already be well on your way to reaching your fitness and exercise goals for the summer. (But remember, the summer is certainly not the end of your get fit journey. Keep in mind you want this transformation--of your body and your habits--to be for life.)
I get it; the summer totally encourages us to lie around lazily. Moving more is almost counterintuitive. A hot, humid day could turn even the most active exercise enthusiast into an air-conditioner-loving couch potato. But if you want to improve your fitness this summer, you’ll have to get up and move more. That doesn’t mean you can’t sneak in a quick nap at the beach or by the pool (arguably one of the most enjoyable aspects of summer), but it does mean that the majority of your time should be spent seizing every opportunity for activity. If you’re at the beach, go for a swim; start up a Frisbee game; walk along the shore; build a sandcastle—the opportunities are endless. And for the days when real life is getting in the way of your summertime fun, here are five ways to move more every day. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click here to see ALL 10 Ways You Can Make This Your Fittest Summer Ever
Here’s a fun a little way that you can engage in a short workout at random times throughout the day; anytime you encounter a flight of stairs (and make the smart choice to walk up them instead of taking the elevator or escalator) skip every other step. You’ll get your heart rate up a bit higher and strengthen you’re core and glute muscles, too. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
One of the most effective ways you can make eating healthy easier is by cutting down on the amount of meals you eat out. Of course, preparing your own meals that can be carried on-the-go requires a little bit of extra effort, but it also means having more control over what you eat and having the advantage of being able to control your portions and choose more nutritious foods. Many people who consider themselves a part of the online fitness community participate in what’s known as #MealPrepMonday. The idea is to pre-prepare your meals at the beginning of the week so that you can easily grab them and go on busy days. Of course, meal prep doesn’t have to happen on Mondays and a less time intensive version of this habit might be simply preparing a healthy lunch for yourself the night before or packing a cooler of healthy snacks and picnic provisions before a trip to the beach. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click here to see ALL 10 Ways You Can Make This Your Fittest Summer Ever
For the times when you are eating at home, working with kitchen tools that make cooking easy can make creating healthy meals a much more enjoyable experience. After all, who ever wants to spend hours slaving over a hot stove, let alone in the middle of the summer? One of my favorite kitchen tools is Calphalon’s Multi-Pot Steamer, which is great for cooking any kind of vegetable quickly! Photo Credit: Shutterstock
For those with weight loss goals, it’s important to remember that the scale isn’t always the most accurate way to track progress. Your weight can fluctuate based on a number of different factors unrelated to fat. Plus, if your exercise routine includes strength training and you’re building muscle, even if you’re body fat percentage is decreasing your weight could still increase. Instead of paying too much attention to the number on the scale (which might start to get you frustrated if it won’t budge), try using a measuring tape to keep track of your measurements like the circumference of your waist, hips, thighs, arms and neck. You might be surprised to find that you’re losing inches even if your weight isn’t changing. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Click here to see ALL 10 Ways You Can Make This Your Fittest Summer Ever
If not, well then there's no better day to get started than today. In fact, now you can combine our previous tips with the advice we're about to share to make this your fittest summer ever.
The following health and fitness tips were all learned during the two years I spent working as a personal trainer. They're meant to help you keep your summer fitness goals on track without depriving you from your favorite foods and turning the entire season into one giant trip to the gym.
Because, despite any preconceived notions you might have, or failed past attempts at fitness that left you skeptical, getting fit can be fun, and fun is what summertime is all about, so the two actually go hand in hand.
Here's to a season of fun and fitness. It doesn't matter whether you're aiming to maintain your current level of fitness, have already started your journey towards improvement or haven't yet made the first move towards your goals. No matter where you are right now, these tips can help make this your fittest (and most fun) summer yet!
P.S. I said it once and since it's important, I'll say it again: Don't forget--getting fit means getting healthy, so make a vow right now to commit to these tips for life!
-Katie Rosenbrock, The Active Times
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