Mind & Body
How to Stay Fit & Healthy All Summer
Finally, summer is here! If you have spent the entire winter and spring season hibernating, summer is here to lure you out of your house and make you indulge in outdoor activities more than before. Summer is the favorite time of the year for many people – however, it also becomes the cause of body insecurities for men and women.
Naturally, women are a bit harder on themselves when it comes to self-criticism. They might be looking for the best bikinis online and in their local stores; however, they usually take longer to become satisfied with their body goals.
While we are here to go through a list of essential tips on how to stay fit and healthy this summer, let us tell you that it all starts with the right mindset. Understandably, the majority of us have been spending more than a year locked in our homes due to social distancing, which has caused many of us to start binge eating, becoming couch potatoes, and suffering from pandemic blues.
Since the world has started to reopen, we can now expect to hit the summer beaches and maybe get fit this summer. If this sounds like someone you are looking forward to, you are here at the right place. Here are five tips that will help you stay healthy and fit all summer while getting rid of the pandemic blues.
Start Your Day With a Glass of Water
The secret to healthy glowing skin is to start the day by hydrating yourself. That said, there is nothing better than one glass of cold water with some lemon in it. Make this a habit, and you will start to feel and look better after some days.
While you might have heard about the importance of staying hydrated before, it becomes even more important in the summer; especially, when you add a few drops of lemon in it. By consuming lemon water first thing in the morning, you boost your metabolism along with flushing out toxic elements from your body.
Additionally, by making a habit of sipping cold lemon water first thing in the morning, you can also burn extra calories and see positive results after a few weeks.
Go For Intensive Workout Sessions
For the perfect summer body, you should not let go of short yet intensive workout sessions. By staying active during the day and kick-starting your day in the right way, you can also get rid of sleepless nights and sleep apnea.
Summer is the perfect time for us to shed our thick clothes in exchange for light clothing. Clothes, however, look better on the body if it is in the perfect shape. You don’t necessarily have to join the gym to get the perfect body – you can have the perfect body at home with high-intensity workout sessions.
You can find different types of HIIT videos on YouTube and other online channels. If you indulge in HIIT workout sessions on an empty stomach, you won’t only maintain a healthy weight, but you will also bun loads of calories and see quicker results than you might be expecting.
Ditch Hot Showers
By opting for cold showers instead of hot showers, you can render more benefits other than cooling down your body. We recommend going for fast summer showers instead of dehydrating your body by indulging in long warm showers. Warm showers cause the body to relax as the blood vessels of the body dilate as a result of the warm showers.
Cold showers, on the contrary, shake up the body, making us more alert. When we are exposed to cold water, our blood arteries increase blood circulation and cause the body to wake up. Resultantly, you feel more alert, energetic, and rejuvenated after a cold shower. Simultaneously, cold showers are good for your skin too.
Eat a Good Breakfast
Besides exercising and consuming plenty of water, you also need to consume a good and balanced diet. You might have heard about the importance of a good, healthy, and well-balanced breakfast before. We recommend that you don’t skip a balanced breakfast during the summer (and winter) if you want to stay healthy.
Opt for proteins, such as eggs, seeds, nuts, seasonal fruits (mangoes and watermelons), yogurt, whole oats, and other clean stuff. Avoid overindulging in caffeine and alcohol, especially if you want to maintain a healthy summer body.
By starting your day with a clean, healthy, and wholesome diet, you will set the tone of the day right. You will also feel less inclined to binge eat and consume fatty food.
When it comes to snacks, you don’t have to stop snacking for a good summer body. Contrary to popular belief that snacks are unhealthy, you can keep your snacks healthy and tasty. All you need to do is make sure that you choose the right sources for your healthy snacks.
You can opt for cucumbers, carrots, cheese crackers, watermelon, peaches, granola bars, and nuts for healthy snack options. If you are a die-hard fan of chocolates, we have good news for you; you can indulge in some pure dark chocolate every day.
Indulge in Outdoor Spaces
How about ditching the car and opting for a walk or a bicycle ride instead? While many of us spent the entire winter locked up indoors, we can all do better with taking frequent strolls or using our bicycles while running errands.
By walking the extra mile or using the cycle while enjoying the warm summer breeze, you will also be doing a massive favor to your body since you will be shedding some extra pounds. The bottom line is to stay as active as you can and make the most of the summer.
This summer isn’t only about looking good but also about feeling good inside out. Don’t forget to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Consume as little coffee and caffeinated beverages as possible. Never leave your house without applying sunscreen. And wear protective summer goggles while hitting the summer beaches.