We are approaching the time of the year when everything becomes jolly, days are longer and we tend to spend more time in pubs and on the beach than in the gym working out only to realise in September that our toned and fit body we worked hard is gone.
Who said you can’t have both? Enjoying summer months doesn’t have to mean putting on weight if you prepare and have a strategy for keeping active and stay in control of your nutrition wherever you are. Here are 9 tips to help you to set up our summer schedule and exercise safely but efficiently.
Protect your body from the sun
We need regular exposure to Sun for the D vitamin boost and there is no better time to do so than summer. Even when it’s a little cloudy, the Sun is more powerful during summer months, so make sure you are prepared. Use sunscreen on exposed skin to match your skin sensitivity, wear a hat when running around outdoors and protect your eyes with quality sunglasses.
Adjust training hours
The days are longer thus we have more hours of daylight which allows for earlier and later exercise sessions. Especially on hot days aim to complete your workout early morning or later in the evening to avoid the highest temperatures.
Ensuring sufficient fluid intake is generally very important to help our body maintain its functions. During summer months we tend to lose much more water by sweating that needs replenishing. Increase your daily water intake and when exercising in the sun, ensure you have solution to refuel on minerals and electrolytes.
Workout on the beach
Any kind of activities on the sand will require your body to recruit more muscles. May your favourite activity be running, walking, yoga, doing it on the beach will create an extra challenge and help improve your balance and mobility.
Hiking in the forest, rock climbing, gardening, swimming or cycling, doesn’t matter. Do what you enjoy the most as often as possible. You will feel more energised, will sleep better at night, will feel better about yourself and nonetheless stay fit and in shape.
When the weather hits high temperatures, it is wiser to choose indoor workout possibilities to stay safe. Go to the gym and enjoy air-conditioning, attend a yoga or pilates class in a studio or work out in the safety of your own home following real-time instructions of exercise DVDs or create your own bodyweight workout circuit.
Take a long walk
When weather allows, walking after dinner proves to be very relaxing. It also burns calories while you can have a conversation about your favourite topic with your family members, friends or significant other and will help to unwind and prepare your body for bedtime.
Join group exercise classes
If you haven’t tried group workouts yet you don’t know on what you’re missing out. It’s easy to stick to an exercise routine when you’re having fun and having fun while exercising is guaranteed when you have a bunch of like-minded people around to bond and chat to, not to mention the benefits of added motivation.
Have a lifestyle plan
As opposed to having different plans for every season, make sure you have a well-rounded plan for the whole year that includes seasonal opportunities mixed with evergreen workouts you can do anytime, anywhere with no problem. Depending on your goals you may even would like to look into personalised workout and lifestyle planning options.
Summer doesn’t need end in a painful autumn, but you are the one in control and can stop that from happening. Use some or all the tips above and notice what difference it makes to your body. If you need more directions, feel free to get in touch so we can help you create your summer plan!