No matter what shape your in or what your goal weight is, take advantage of the summer season to be your healthiest self! Whatever your happy weight is, the summer season’s weather and outdoor activities can help you get there, or stay there. Either way, read on for some ideas to keep fit while the beautiful weather lasts.
Find a hiking trail
This is the time to be outdoors as much as possible, soak up some vitamin D, and see all of nature’s green splendor. Hiking can accomplish all of that, as well as keeping you on track with your fitness goals. Pick a spot with some hills for incline, or even try a little rock climbing if you’re feeling adventurous. Hiking can be a total body workout, combining strength with plenty of cardio. Just make sure to bring lots of water!
The summer fitness must: swimming. Even if you’re not a lap swimmer, treading water for an hour can burn anywhere from 400-600 calories for the average person. That’s about the same as a spin class or kickboxing class in the gym, so why not just take your hour of cardio outside and catch some sun at the same time?
Eat lots of fruit
So many yummy fruits are in season, why not indulge yourself on some fresh fruit salads? Fresh fruits are not only good for you, they’re low in calories and the water in them can help you stay hydrated for longer. Watermelon, cherries, strawberries, melons, and kiwis are just a few of the great fruits in season that can make a great treat in between meals.
Drink extra water
This season makes it easier than ever to drink more water. Flush out toxins, refresh yourself, and keep hydrated by drinking a recommended ballpark range of about 88 ounces of water per day. The extra water will also keep your metabolism running smoothly, clear your skin, keep your food cravings to a minimum, and help you get healthier hair and nails.
Some studies have shown that eating in places with dim light can cause you to linger over your plate more, and in result eat more food and move around less. To mix it up, eat outside while the long summer days make it possible to eat in the light during meal times. Absorbing some natural vitamin D is another perk of outdoor dining.
What do you think?
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