Don’t get off track, kick off your summer fitness goals right!
With a long weekend celebrating memorial day, barbecues, and picnics…it can be easy to start summer a little off track. Let’s do it differently this summer, here are my top tips to kick off your summer FIT!
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off of summer. Which can mean summer parties, drinking, and fun. Sure, it can be tougher to stay committed to your goals, but it doesn’t have to be impossible!
Food is surely the biggest challenge year round, and with parties, picnics, and BBQ s it can get even tougher. Don’t panic…just be prepared!
Bring a dish! Instead of hoping for a good option to eat, bring one! If you are going to a party or the beach, bring a healthy dish to eat. A veggie or fruit tray, with an easy protien (bring some marinated chicken to grill, lean deli slices rolled up and ready to eat, beef and veggie skewers). All it takes is a little preparation. This way, you know for sure you will have a healthy option that you and everyone can enjioy!
Don’t be hungry. Always have a healthy meal or snack before a party, beach day, or picnic. That way you never show up starving ready to eat any unhealthy food in sight!
Watch the alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol is full of empty calories and just not healthy. However, I know most of us like to have a drink or two when we socialize. Just aim to keep it light, try not to go overboard, drink a water between each drink, and don’t let alcohol effect your eating habits!
Best choices to sip on: red wine, white wine, vodka, lite beer.
**Drinking liquor? Keep it low calorie with soda water, lemon/limes, etc. Skip the sodas/diet drinks or juices which pack a major calorie/chemical punch.
Get in a sweat session! The best thing for your body is to get sweaty and active, so plan to get in workout before every party. Wake up, sweat it out, and then you will be more likely to make good choices, and your body will be in a better mode to burn the extra calories as fuel, not store it as fat. Even if it is just a quick 10-20 minute HIIT/Sprint/Weight Circuit, make it happen!
So, use this kickoff to summer as a kickoff to new health and fitness goals.
Set your goal to be active daily, eat healthy food for fuel, and live a balanced healthy life!
If you indulge some, don’t stress. Everyone needs a treat meal, unwind now and then. What is important is that you don’t let it go on for days and days, and you get back to your workouts and healthy eating after the party is over.