Sun’s out. Birds are chirping. After months of bundling up, it’s finally warm and time to get outside!
Summer can make or break anyone’s fitness journey. Whether you worked hard all winter or spent the cold months in hibernation, now’s the time to make the switch from being on the go to weaving your fitness routine into Summer activities.
Whether you’re spending the season hanging at home with friends or travelling, there are lots of opportunities to ditch your health and fitness mindset.
I like to call those opportunities Excuses. And I don’t do excuses.
Because for as many opportunities as there are to fail, there are 5 more to succeed. It’s all about perspective.
I’ll give you a few examples of lemons to lemonade.
You’ve been invited to a BBQ and there is delicious food everywhere. You’re debating if you should even go at all because you know there are some really unhealthy things you just can not walk away from without them on your plate.
Stick to that 80/20 (This applies to most things, more on that in the near future) rule and just be mindful. What I like to do is find those one or two things that are non negotiable. Whether it’s a slice of homemade pizza or a pile of your neighbor’s amazing potato salad. Maybe you can’t imagine that burger without a bun or you’re staring at that bowl of crisps like a pot of gold. Pick one or two things that you’re drooling over, and eat them. Guilt free. And nope it’s not a trick.
I truly believe it’s all about BALANCE. If the majority of your eating is clean or inline with energy balance ie not eating more calories than you are burning consistently, there is no reason not to indulge.
Another thing that can really throw off your routine in the summer is being on the go. Now that the days are warm and there are so many activities to choose from, your life might be a little more spontaneous. Often times you’re out from sun up to sun down.
On those days you might be tempted to think fitness just isn’t going to fit on the agenda.
The thing is, you shouldn’t be looking at it as a separate activity keeping you from the real fun. There are plenty of summer activities that will do just as much good for your body as time spent in the gym. Whether it be a day at the beach, bring a frisbee instead of a lounge chair. On date night instead of the old dinner and movie, go for a long walk. If you’re spending the day travelling, you can still get in a few burpees in the hotel room (Always Always do burpee’s in a hotel room Jocko Willink style). And no matter where you are or what you’re doing, your morning routine doesn’t have to change and if you’re sticking to one like we talked about in this blog, even if that’s truly all the time you have to put toward your fitness, that’s still better than nothing.
The point is, your health and fitness shouldn’t be an afterthought or another box on the to do list. Taking care of yourself isn’t a chore. Make it a part of your day and enjoy it!