We all know the delicious comfort foods served at barbecues, the slush and ice cream on hot days, the yummy summer cocktails, and countless desserts celebrating summer events can have an effect on our waistlines. There are some key things we can do to enjoy summer and all it has to offer, while staying fit and healthy! Summer is a great season to enjoy so I want to show you how to do it the right way. I am a firm believer in making good choices, but no one says you can’t enjoy yourself. It’s all about how you enjoy yourself. Read on for my secret to staying fit during summer.
9 Tips for Staying Fit During Summer
1. Portion Control
It’s easy to overload your plate at cookouts. Pick up a smaller sized plate. You won’t be able to pile on as much that way.
2. Eat a Colorful Plate
At cookouts or any mealtime for that matter, choose lots of fresh fruits and veggies. You will get fuller, faster and are more likely to forgo seconds.
3. Fruits & Veggies Come First
At mealtime, eat your fruits and veggies first, this way, you will start getting full from the fiber/water content and will ideally eat less of everything else on your plate. You can also try drinking a glass of water before your meal to help curb your appetite.
4. Watch the Condiments
The calories in condiments such as BBQ sauce, mayo, and ketchup can add up quickly — use them sparingly!
5. Limit Alcohol Intake
For the most part, alcoholic beverages just add empty calories, not to mention, too much alcohol is hard on your body and can sabotage your health/fitness goals. Enjoy a drink or two, but don’t go crazy
6. Drink More Water
Staying hydrated, especially during hot, sunny days is so important. Dehydration often causes us to overeat because your brain can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger (fun fact!).
7. Move Your Body
Outdoor activities including swimming, sports, running, roller blading, skateboarding, hiking, and bike riding are all perfect ways to enjoy the weather and squeeze in a great workout to keep fit during summer.
8. Careful with the sweets!
It’s fine to occasionally indulge in a summer treat like slush, ice cream, or other sweets, but always get the smallest size possible. Watch the toppings and don’t treat yourself every day. Once in a while is fine, but if you are craving something sweet, opt for fresh fruit. Chilled pineapple, watermelon, and other fresh fruits are refreshing and satisfying. Try retraining yourself to crave these instead of processed treats by detoxing your taste buds.
9. Wear Sunscreen
Protect yourself from the suns harmful rays and lather up!
What do you do to stay fit and healthy during summer?
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