As if this year hasn’t been challenging enough already, we have arrived once more at that time when everyone’s obsessing over “the summer body”. Warmer weather and magazines encourage us to radically change our behaviour and instal a fear of carbs, fats or something else that has become the mortal enemy of any “healthy person”. You may feel encouraged and supported to know that there are thousands of others going through the same seasonal craziness, however, it could also feel overwhelming, resulting in stress eating and guilt-based workouts comparable only to intensive military training.
So, instead of rummaging through your house in order to locate and destroy any food that is not celery and kale, pause take a deep breath and maybe consider following five simple steps that could change your life for the better while bringing you closer to your ideal healthier and happier you!
- Invest in a reusable water bottle.
We hear all the time how important it is to drink water to stay healthy, but how many of us actually make sure to stay hydrated especially during our hot Australian summers. Something as simple as getting a reusable water bottle and taking it everywhere you go will make it so much easier to stay hydrated and prevent a variety of symptoms. Feeling tired can be mistaken for hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and you may turn to high sugar snacks to try to give yourself an instant energy boost. Excess sugar can lead to weight gain, and it could all be avoided with a trusty water bottle that will help you minimise unnecessary snaking and help you looking and feeling young.
- Eat seasonal fruits and veggies!
Not only will it be more affordable and better for the planet, it will also ensure you consume a variety of foods, which will help you maintain a balanced diet. Here are summer favourites that you should look for next time you are at the market: capsicum, eggplants, zucchini, asparagus and since it is summer the list of seasonal fruit is endless, but the good rule of thumb is to go for berries since they have lower sugar levels.
Check out some of our health professionals favourite recipes that anyone can enjoy HERE!
- Experiment with a new activity
Since it’s warming up outside and holidays are getting closer why not experiment with a new activity that can help you stay active, learn a new skill and potentially open the world of new possibilities. If you are lucky to live close to the water this might be a perfect time to try some surfing, stand-up paddle- bordering, kayaking or simply swimming. Any of these activities will help you stay cool and toned. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Try a Free Class
If you’re not a big fan of heat, trying out a local gym or a recreational centre could be an excellent excuse to enjoy air-conditioned space while getting the look you desire. Many places offer discounts on early or late classes and if you spend some time researching you will be able to find some free local activities like the Move with Women program!
- #1 Culprit!
Finally, with the holiday season fast approaching and with all the family and office parties going on, you might not realise how social drinking may be affecting your health goals. Many people don’t know that alcohol is the number one culprit when it comes to useless calories and sugar. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a drink at the party but you should try and opt for clear spirits such as vodka, gin etc. and step away from sweet cocktails, beer and wine. Also since it’s hot outside don’t forget that alcohol makes you dehydrated so refer to rule one and don’t forget about water!
If you found any or all of these tips useful and want to share your experience, make sure to tag us with #movewithwomenblog to inspire others to take a step towards a happier and healthier summer.
If you are ready to begin your journey to a more active and healthy life register for our supportive FREE Move with Women 9-week program for women of all ages and stages HERE or call 1800 328 951 to talk to one of our friendly program specialists.