With the weather heating up outside, your mind might be starting to think about cookouts, vacations, and spending time outdoors. While those things are great, summer is also a time where your health and fitness goals may waver. To help you stay the course, check out our summer “Mind, Body, Nutrition” Challenge, and feel your best all year long!
Mind: Find a Workout Partner
In addition to staying accountable in your workouts, working out with a friend can improve mental health by eliminating stress and reducing your worries. The camaraderie of playing on a team, engaging in friendly competition and motivating each other to push harder is a great way to improve mood and morale. Whether it’s a nightly walking partner in the neighborhood or a friend at the gym for strength training, find a buddy and get a weekly date scheduled to move.
Body: Break a Sweat Three Times a Week
And not just from the heat! In a perfect world, we’d all have the time to exercise for 30 minutes a day. That would help us get the heart pumping, blood flowing, and body feeling great. But in reality, we don’t always have the time for a proper workout. This summer, challenge yourself to exercise in some capacity at least three days each week. Whether that’s a bike ride in the evening with the family or a boot camp class at your local Snap Fitness, you should be able to get your heart rate up and break a sweat!
Nutrition: Get Your “8 by 8” of Water in Each Day
Drinking enough water is one of the staples of proper nutrition, but it’s even more important during the summer months when dehydration can become a much bigger concern. While there are slight degrees of variation from different professionals as to how much water you need, as well as other factors like exercise or medical conditions, the “8 by 8” rule is a good place to start. That means drinking an eight ounce glass of water, eight times per day. Some ways to help you achieve this goal include drinking a glass of water with each meal, along with two in between meals, and of course drinking water before, during, and after exercise. This will keep you safely hydrated and feeling ready to tackle all of those fun summer activities!
Don’t take a summer vacation from your health! Take our “Mind, Body, Nutrition” Challenge starting today!