We’ve all started off a new year off with a fitness resolution, but often these good intentions fall by the wayside when winter hits – the days are cold and sleeping in is far more appealing!
Summer is just around the corner and it’s a time for fun, sun, holidays and enjoying a calendar of social events. By sticking to some health habits and factoring in regular exercise into your daily routines on the lead up to summer, you’ll build some healthy habits that will all you to keep your body fit, healthy and happy during the summer months.
Make sure your diet consists of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and that you’re eating the right amount of protein, good fats and carbohydrates. Cut down on processed foods and limit sugar into your diet while seeking healthier substitutes to treat foods. Feeling like something sweat? Instead of reaching for the chocolate or ice cream, why not indulge with a delicious fresh mango instead.
It’s always important to drink enough water, especially during the warmer months. By keeping our bodies hydrated, the heart is able to easily pump blood through the blood vessels and muscles and helps our internal systems operate more efficiently.
Joining a gym is a fantastic way to get moving and improve your fitness, but most importantly, it has an array of wonderful health benefits. One of the main benefits is by increasing our cardiovascular and strengthening our heart and lungs, we increase our strength and create lean muscle. This can result in the overall reduction in risk of health concerns such as heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, depression and stress related illnesses.
Establishing a healthy routine is easy with a gym membership, and you’ll have undercover access to the use of facilities come rain, hail or shine. The gym also provides the perfect platform to meet other like-minded people who are all working towards their health and fitness goals. Teaming up with a training buddy can give you the opportunity to have fun at the gym and some competitive spirit can go a long way!
This is a hard one, especially during summer when the social calendar is running hot. Drinking is a social part of summer and should be enjoyed but pay attention to what you drink and make sure for every alcoholic drink you are consuming that you are matching it with a glass of water. Alcohol is filled with added sugars and empty calories so it’s important to keep track of what you are consuming.
Your body needs to rest, so make sure you provide it with plenty. It can be tempting to have late nights out with friends, but it’s very important that you are getting enough sleep. Your body needs time to recuperate and strengthen especially if you are increasing your fitness, but when you find a balance between having a good time, exercising and resting, your body will thank you.