I don’t talk a ton about health and fitness on the blog, and to be totally candid, I’m not the BEST at it. I’ll be honest, I didn’t have to struggle much with weight growing up – I was #blessed with a quick metabolism. And I know that’s annoying or you can call it lucky, and I totally understand that, but I’m trying to be real like always with you.
Now that I’m later in my 20s, things are starting to change. Not only physically, but in general, I can FEEL when I’m not being healthy or active. It’s like I’m fully understanding why people say “I don’t work out to look good, I work out to feel good” (which I always thought was kinda BS, to be honest). My body and energy levels feel much different depending on if I’ve been eating only candy for a week (kidding…kind of), or if I’ve made smart choices.
With the promise of summer and warm weathered late night parties approaching, I wanted to focus on feeling good. After all, it’s such a crazy season and the thought of no energy and not feeling my best about myself doesn’t sound like a good time to me. I tried to make this list not super obvious like “work out and eat healthy” because honestly, that doesn’t really work for me.
Hold a drink at parties.
This might sound weird, but I heard this trick a long time ago and it really works. Parties are FULL of food, we know this, and if you’re like me, you tend to go a little crazy when everything is in front of you. I’m talking piling a plate high and then just standing there awkwardly eating instead of talking to people. That’s me! A friend said she always holds a drink in one hand, because then it’s harder to pile a plate and scarf down food. Especially if you’re meeting new people and having to shake hands, no one wants to be the girl with messy food fingers during a first impression. Instead, grab a few healthy snacks when you first get there (or even eat before), then move on from the food and dessert table!
I mentioned holding your drink above, but another healthy party trick is to make that drink healthy. I love wine as much as the next girl, but a warm summer night makes it seem OK to drink multiple glasses a night – and if you’re trying to prioritize health, that’s probably not the smartest idea.
Try to limit drinking alcohol to 2 times a week. You’ll feel much better and ultimately less hungover, and you’ll find that you don’t feel so sluggish all season. I like to mix sparking water and lime if I’m out and not drinking, so that I still have something kinda fun and refreshing.
And in general, try to drink as much water as humanly possible during the summer! Your skin will thank you and so will your body.
Try to set up something physical this season. Maybe it’s early morning walks before it really heats up for the day. Maybe there is a sport league you’ve been wanting to join? Even if you can grab a few friends and some bats and head over to a local baseball diamond. Just move around as much as possible.
Nutrients at every meal.
I’m going to work on this step right alongside you, because sometimes I swear all I eat is granola bars and pasta in a day (NOT OK). If you could use more nutrients in your life, mix fruit and veggies into each meal. During the week I am in a rush to get from my bed, to my closet and out the door as quickly as possible and often I skip breakfast. I’ve been getting into the habit of at least grabbing a muffin and a yogurt on my way out the door though. Then, I try to have a side of veggies (like carrots and hummus) a couple times throughout the day or alongside lunch. Basically try to fill each meal with as much veggies as possible since the fiber will help keep you full and they’re good for you (duh). Then, treat yourself with some fruit instead of refined sugar whenever possible. If you absolutely hate greens, try throwing some into a smoothie – hide the greens just like when you were a kid.
It wasn’t until a co-worker and I drove us to get coffee down the street from our office that she suggested we walk next time instead. Um, excuse me? But she had such a great point! I drive everywhere on auto-pilot, without really considering just how close something is. It’s part of suburban life I think, but it’s pretty unhealthy if you think about it. To create a habit of getting in more exercise, think about walking vs. driving for every activity, meeting, appointment or whatever. I’ve been surprised at just how much more I’m walking – and kinda sorta loving it. Mainly because I can listen to a few podcasts and clear my head at the same time.
What are the healthy things you do to survive in the summer?
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