Best Ways to Stay in Shape During Summer
As soon as summer kicks in, you can’t stop imagining BBQ parties, frozen cocktails, and other outdoor activities. It’s one of those times of the year when you want to stay outdoors all the time. Even the juiciest cable at home with premium channels on Cox cable and internet can’t force you to stay in. You just wish you are outside having fun in the sun. Summer’s vibe is to blame!
Fortunately, summer gives us plenty of opportunities to scrap our unusual eating habits and shed some pounds. Don’t mind me, but summer can quickly turn into a season of letting loose. A smart move would be to focus on what you can do more often (such as doing an extra workout or eating veggies) rather than subtracting things you love (food groups, fraps, and more).
To help you out, here are simple ways to stay in shape throughout summer:
1: Always Pack Your Breakfast and Lunch
Do you skip breakfast often and then end up eating extra at lunch? This could quickly become a habit unless you start packing breakfast and lunch.
Yes, this means taking a bit of time to plan out breakfast and lunch in advance and doing some preps so that you just grab stuff and go.
2: Switch to Sparkling water
Be smart about how you quench your thirst. Instead of choosing soda, go for sparkling water. I know it can be hard to stop craving sweet high-calorie sodas. For that, a simple approach is to make water taste better by making drinks at home. Examples include lemon strawberry, blubbery mandarin, and some others.
3: Eat Loads of Avocados
Avocados are rich in healthy fats that make you feel full for a long time so you better lots of them. They can also improve metabolic syndrome. Sneak them into your smoothies, and salads, or eat them raw. Don’t mind ordering extra guac.
4: Start Walking
Assign yourself the goal of walking 15,000 steps a day. A Glasglow study says that those who took at least 15,000 steps a day had better BMI, a healthier metabolic profile, and waistline than those who were active most of the day.
5: Increase your Fiber In-Take
Fiber has profound weight loss qualities. This simple adjustment to your diet can prove to be a valuable addition. Aim for at least 30 grams of fiber daily to lose weight and boost your body’s ability to respond to insulin. Whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains are legumes are great sources to get fiber naturally.
6: Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water and staying hydrated might be old advice but it really does help you feel lighter, especially in summer. On hot days, the human body gets dehydrated quickly. It holds on to the fluids, which explains why you feel bloated so often. This means you must continue to sip water throughout the day to maintain the right balance.
7: Jump Rope for 10 Minutes
Did you know jumping a rope burns 10 calories in just a minute? Jump rope works your arms, shoulders, legs, and butt. If you just jump rope for 10 minutes a day, you can reap so many benefits. Keep it in your car’s trunk and do it once a day whenever you find the time.
8: Say No to Super Salty Snacks
Sugary snacks are not the only enemy of a well-toned body. Salty snacks are just as bad. When you have an elevated salt intake, you drink less water (which goes against the belief that sodium makes you thirsty).
9: Take Cardio Outside
Scared to hit the gym because of COVID? No worries, take cardio outside. Walk, run, bike ride, or rollerblade. You will be racking up more miles than torturing yourself on the treadmill for 30 straight minutes. Pick a spot outdoors where you are more comfortable performing cardio and do it daily.
10: Love Your Body
Lastly, no matter what you do, love your body. If you show compassion towards yourself, you will be making better health-related decisions. Don’t torture yourself with self-criticizing thoughts. Instead, go easy on yourself and this change will make you practice healthy habits like exercising more, getting better sleep, and eating well.
Stand in front of the mirror and tell yourself how proud you are. When you love yourself, you are much more motivated to care for yourself.