Perhaps we have put on a few extra pounds this summer from all of the fun we've been having...Or maybe we’re just feeling tired and lousy.
Here are 3 quick, super easy, ways to start falling back into your exercise and nutrition programs.
1. Reduce the Liquid Calories
These calories are sneaky. Drinking some beers at a BBQ, having some sweet, sweet lemonade after some tough yard work...These are calories we don't need.
The fix here? Reduce the amount of liquid calories we consume. We don't need to completely remove them from our diet, but let's moderate our consumption. Shoot for light/low calorie beers and stick with water if you are legitimately thirsty. Sugary beverages won’t quench your thirst (and you won’t sweat Gatorade like in the commercials). They will just have you going for more and before you know it you have added hundreds of unwanted calories to your day.
2. Start Exercising...Again.Today.
There's no better time than now to start exercising. Maybe you were good all winter and spring, but for some reason you can't escape summer's grip (it goes until the 22nd of September!!!).
If you have taken the majority of the summer off from your workouts, suck it up and start it up today. Do some jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, burpees; do something. Get your body back into the habit of working out. The key to getting in shape is to stick with your routine. Exercising for a couple of months and then taking a couple of months off will only set us back and, more than likely, keep our fitness the same.
Start it back up today.
3. Plan Your Meals
This last one isn't just for falling back into fitness, but for keeping ourselves on track throughout our whole journey. Think about what you want to eat for the upcoming week, and make a list.
This way when we go to the grocery store we have a plan. No straying off into the temptation aisles...We stick to the list.
Picking a day throughout the week to prep meals is key to staying prepared. Sunday is a great day to do this, but you can pick any day. Doing this will hopefully give you a week's worth of food which you can take to school or work. A lot of times we make decisions we regret due to simply not being prepared.
Remember: Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Plan ahead to avoid defaulting to those high calorie restaurant meals. Not only will you save on calories for the day, but you will save money.
Enjoy the rest of summer! It’s not over, but start falling back into fitness. Before we know it we will be making resolutions for 2017, but we’re not done with 2016 yet.
If you’re unsure on how to fall back into fitness, contact me today. I’ll help you =)