Summer is amazing…especially for us folk that live in the the middle of the country who get to endure December – February. 🙂
For us, summer means outside time, kids home from school, frequent grilling, later nights and the choice to sleep in a lil later. It means pool time, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and baseball games. It means more opportunities to socialize with friends and family.
Maybe this sounds like your summer.
BUT, it also means we still keep our long term and short term health and well-being top of mind. Here are a few strategies that seem to work for us that we hope you’ll enjoy.
#1 Reevaluate your schedule
With more opportunities for fun and changes to work and school schedules it might be time to evaluate if your regular workout times have to change or if your grocery and planning days have to change. For us, workout times have moved from late morning or late afternoon to earlier in the morning. Either way it remains a priority and DOES NOT get pushed to the back burner because our routine changes.
#2 Renew your focus on water intake
With the rising humidity and rising outside temps…and a more active outside lifestyle the importance of proper water intake becomes even more important. Keep your tumbler or Tervis full, or have a water bottle on hand most of the time. Again, as we’ve shared with our Online Challenge Jump Start groups a good rule of thumb for daily water consumption is to divide your current weight in pounds in HALF and drink that many ounces of water daily. So, for example, a 180 lb. person would want to drink at least 90 ounces of water each day.
#3 Focus on consuming fresh, seasonal, hydrating foods
Eating what’s in season ensures you are eating higher nutrient-dense foods, are eating fresh foods and typically you will pay less to eat these foods in season compared to out of season. 10 of the most hydrating foods to consider consuming this summer are: Cucumbers, Watermelon, Pineapple, Celery, Blueberries, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pears, Grapefruits and Cantaloupe.
#4 Enjoy your treats in moderation
We are big on balance and enjoying the foods we eat, including our treats. You will see us enjoying an adult beverage and/or pizza around the pool. We will enjoy a family trip to grab some Fro-Yo from time to time. We aren’t trying to eat “perfectly”…whatever that means. We aren’t currently prepping for a physique competition, and don’t see that on our horizon. But we are continually prepping for life as busy fit parents. We personally choose not to have guilt over the treats we enjoy because we know we have our Shakeology daily, we are consistent with being active and we make healthy food choice 80-90% of the time. This is a winning, long-term plan.
#5 Plant a small garden…even one tomato plant 🙂
Well see #3 on why…if you have healthy food in the house, you’re more likely to eat healthy food. Not to mention, if you have a family with young children or grandchildren, having a garden is a great way to introduce healthy foods that they feel “ownership” over that they are more likely to eat.
#6 Have an accountability partner or group
We all know it…having someone to keep us in check with our food and workouts helps us to stay on track. So, be it a spouse, neighbor or co-worker, enlist the help of someone to create success with. Of course, we are HAPPY to connect with you in one of our monthly online jump start challenge groups.
We hope these ideas help, and we’d love to hear what works for you and how/if we can help you.