Summer’s finally here and it’s time to celebrate! Whether you’re jetting off on vacation, hanging by the pool or starting the first of many summer barbecues, one thing’s for certain; it’s time to kick back, relax and take a little time out. With all that relaxing, though, it’s easy to lose track of your health and after a few weeks of doing nothing, you might well start to feel all the worse off for it. It’s time to take summer back into your own hands. Just because you’re relaxing it doesn’t mean that you can’t stay healthy and by adapting your routine, you can make the most of your summer and still kick back. What could be better than that?
- Workout In The Morning
As the day wears on and the temperature rises, it can seem like less and less of a good idea to head out for a workout session. To make the most of your summer days and fully relax during the afternoon, it’s worth hitting your fitness routine first thing in the morning. Set your alarm a little earlier in the morning, put on your sneakers and get out there. If it’s a nice day, you will feel even more energized and alert for the hours to come!
- Take Your Meals Outside
Making your own lunch is one of the easiest ways in order to stay healthy and control what you put in your body. Things like summer salads and wraps make great lighter options and can be easy transported from your home to work. If you want to make the most out of the sun and boost your mood at the same time, try taking your meal outside and turning it into a picnic. You can effectively de-stress, eat healthily and get a little fresh air in the middle of the day.
- Turn Up The Grill
When the weather hots up, it’s a great way of firing up the grill and trying an alternative way of cooking. Grilling your vegetables can add a serious flavor punch and lock in all the nutritional goodness that you want for your body. You can throw a pile of zucchini, asparagus, red onion and bell pepper on the grill, let it caramelize and enjoy a healthy dinner in no time at all; easy!
- Infuse Your Water
When things heat up, it’s important to stay sufficiently hydrated and if you’re looking for a way of drinking more throughout the day, infusing your water is a great place to start. Try keeping a jug of water in the fridge and filling it with things like fresh strawberries, cucumber or lemon. As soon as you start to feel thirsty, you can effectively hydrate your body without filling up on empty calories. Better yet, it couldn’t be easier to prepare and you are in charge of your own recipes!
- Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors
The summer months are the best time of the year to really explore your local area and play around in mother nature. Going for walks, rollerblading or even hula hooping can help you to move your body more and make the most of the natural environment. The more time that you spend outside, the less stressed you are likely to feel about your day to day anxieties, so make use of the world around you.
- Visit Your Farmers’ Market
When summer comes around, the types of produce on sale vary hugely and more than any other time of year, it is a great idea to make use of the local foods on offer in your area. Hitting up your local farmers’ market is a simple way to get your hands on fresh, hearty ingredients at a fraction of the price that you would find in the supermarket. The more varied your diet is, the better you can feel.