As we get older the carefree summer days disintegrate, the hormones start kicking in, and staying constantly active becomes harder and harder. ECG has come up with a sure fire way to stay active even when your not 12 years old playing soccer seven hours a day. Whether your interning five days a week or taking summer courses, these tips WILL get you with the beach bod you want to end the summer with!
1. Start off slow
A whole winters worth of staying under the covers and indulging in hot chocolate won’t go away just because you decide to put on your running shoes and go to the gym. You won’t be able to run 3 miles as fast as you could last August when you ran every single day–you probably won’t be able to finish three whole miles. Start off slow; walk a bit before you start running. Do a 20 squats and than build up to 100.
2. Bring a Buddy
Ever hear the phrase “misery loves company”? Not only will having a friend workout next to you motivate you to workout for the full hour, but it will give you someone to try out that new pilates class with. Not to mention, someone to text everything you eat too or your weight. Trust me it’s a thing.
3. Tell People
I know it’s annoying to see all those “just left the gym” statuses on everyone’s social media nowadays, but making your exercise plan semi-public will motivate you to keep at it. With Nike Plus, you can post when you begin your run and your facebook friends can “like” it while you’re running–giving you the extra willpower needed to hammer out that last mile. Or you could sign up on Traineo.com and have specific workouts emailed to a few select people, who will obligate you to keep on keepin’ on.
4. Short on time? Download Apps
Before I had an Iphone, I always used to hate it when someone would tell me to download “this amazing app” but now I recognize the near-univerasality of smartphones. By downloading the Nike Training Club app, you can pick from hundreds of half an hour to an hour long workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own room.
5. Swap Soda For Water
It’s obvious, but alot of people don’t realize how many calories and unnecessary sugar is in soda. Ordering coke just seems to be second nature to most people. Unless you’re a severe sugar addict, you won’t miss that extra coke or sprite at dinner. You’ll feel more hydrated and healthier within a matter of days.
6. Create a Goal
It’s easy to say “I’m going to get in shape this summer” and never follow up. Instead of the usual, vague goal, set a higher standard for yourself. Decide you want to run a certain time in a 5k (or even finish your first 5k), or that you want to be able to swim for an hour without stopping. Giving yourself a specific goal will keep you focused.
7. Write It Down
Writing down goals make them seem more real. Every time you exercise or choose the healthier food option, write it down for positive reinforcement.