A healthy summer body is not just about looking good at the beach. Rather, it is what sets the tone for your overall health and fitness routine for the rest of the year. As obvious as it may sound, a healthy summer body should not be a goal only in the summertime—the best fitness routines will allow you to maintain that look for the entire year.
Here are some tips to achieve your fitness goals this summer.
1. Start Small
Good fitness routines are not developed out of thin air. In order to establish good habits, you need to start as small as possible. For example, if you want to run a mile every day, start with a small goal of putting on your running shoes. It seems trivial, but once this habit is established, it leads to starting a run, and then running longer, and then eventually meeting that daily distance goal.
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is as important in the summer as it is the rest of the year. As the temperatures heat up, it’s vital to always have water on hand. Proper hydration is a requirement for healthy living!
3. Set a Schedule
The best way to keep yourself honest on your mission to establish a good fitness routine and maintain your healthy summer body all year is to set a schedule. The most important aspect to this schedule should be feasibility. Make sure it is something you can realistically achieve every day. Saying you want to run every morning for two hours and lift weights for another hour each evening doesn’t do you much good if you never adhere to it. But starting with a half hour of cardio or aerobic exercises each morning can really give you a foundation to build on.
4. Track Your Progress
Results are seldom achieved without accountability. Hold yourself accountable by tracking your progress daily. Keep a journal, log it on your computer, or use a phone app, but make sure you document all of your activity. This will provide a visual for where you were, where you are, and where you want to be.
5. Don’t Forget About Nutrition
When trying to perfect our bodies for the summer, we often forget that exercise is only half the battle. Modifying our diet is the important second piece of the puzzle that will help get you where you want to be. Limit carbs, increase protein and make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.