It’s the summer time! School is out, family trips are planned, so it can be tough to get a workout in sometimes. Here’s some tips for summer health and fitness to make it easier for you.
- Schedule your workouts.
Things are going to get busy in the summer and time is kind of like space in the basement: It gets filled with clutter if you don’t protect it. Don’t let stuff expand to fill up all your time. Right now, pull out your calendar and schedule your workouts for the rest of July. Once you have them booked, treat them like important appointments that can’t be moved. This is key to building your routine.
- Get fitness out of the way earlier in the day.
This doesn’t mean you have to work out at 5 a.m. Some people don’t do mornings, and that’s OK. You just have to schedule your workouts at the earliest time in the day that works for you. Don’t leave them until last, when you’re worn out. You only have so much will power, and if you plan to work out late in the evening, you might be out of steam when the hour arrives. Make a little time for fitness earlier in the day. That way you only have to fall into bed when you’re tired, not try and find just a little more energy to hit a workout.
- Pack your bag the night before.
This is a small thing, but it’s super effective. If you’re scrambling in the morning, the kids are crazy and you’re running late, you might say “forget it” to fitness if you have to pack a bag. But if it’s sitting by the door, all you have to do is grab it. Better yet, put it in the car so there’s no chance you forget it. An emergency measure: Always leave some “backup” clean workout gear and shoes in the car or at the office so you’re covered if you ever forget the gym bag.
- Prioritize nutrition and rest.
If you’re feeling burned out, you can do wonders for your health just by eating well and getting a little extra sleep. Resist the urge to order the 11 p.m. pizza. Get healthy meals planned and then get to bed on time—or even early if you’re feeling run down. If you absolutely can’t find time to work out, sleep and nutrition become even more important.
- Get some healthy snacks.
Many trips through the drive-thru are caused by hunger and desperation. You can often avoid them by getting some healthy options in place so you’re prepared when hunger strikes. Maybe keep a box of low-sugar, high-protein bars at the office, or put a few healthy frozen meals on an “emergency shelf” in the freezer. You can always keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand, but a few non-perishable backups will help you double down on healthy eating when time is tight.
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