Staying consistent with your fitness and health routine during the summer can be challenging due to vacations, social events, and the temptation to indulge in unhealthy foods. However, with the right strategies and mindset, you can maintain your routine and make progress towards your goals. Here are some tips to help you stay consistent during the summer:
- Set specific goals: Define clear and achievable fitness and health goals for the summer. Whether it's losing inches, improving strength, or maintaining what you’ve worked so hard for, having specific goals will give you a sense of purpose and motivation.
- Create a schedule: Plan your workouts and meals in advance. Schedule your exercise sessions like you would any other appointment and prioritize them. Stock up on nutritious snacks like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. To have on hand for both you and the kids! Pre-cut your veggies or fruit so it's easy to have a quick, healthy snack.
This also helps with meal prep! Make double of whatever you're cooking for dinner so you can eat it for lunch the next day. We know schedules can be off through the summer months so any way you can prep will help. Having healthy options readily available will prevent you from reaching for unhealthy choices when hunger strikes.
- Find enjoyable activities: Engage in physical activities that you genuinely enjoy. Summer offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, or playing beach volleyball. By choosing activities you love, you'll be more likely to stick to your routine. If it’s too hot? Don’t forget you can always push "play" with our On the Go fitness platform!
- Stay hydrated: Proper hydration is essential during the summer months. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workouts. Dehydration can negatively affect your energy levels and performance, so make hydration a priority.
- Use the mornings: Take advantage of the cooler morning hours to exercise outdoors. By getting your workout done early, you'll avoid the intense heat and the likelihood of schedule conflicts later in the day.
- Stay accountable: Find an accountability partner or share your goals with us to help you stay motivated and committed to your routine. Sharing your goals and progress with others can provide support, encouragement, and help you stay on track.
- Practice moderation: While it's essential to maintain a healthy routine, it's also important to enjoy the summer and indulge in occasional treats or social events. Allow yourself some flexibility and practice portion control when it comes to indulgent foods or drinks.
- Focus on overall well-being: Remember that staying consistent with your fitness and health routine goes beyond just physical activity. Prioritize quality sleep, stress management, and self-care activities to ensure a holistic approach to your well-being.
By implementing these tips, you'll be well-equipped to stay consistent with your fitness and health routine during the summer months. Remember to be flexible, enjoy the process, and celebrate your progress along the way!
(And if you feel like summer is just not manageable on your own…remember our Nutrition Coaches are always here to help support you through the summer months, keep you focused on your goals and help you stay accountable).