It's Finally Summer

It is finally summer! Well, maybe not officially just yet… however the kids are off school, the temps are rising and vacation time is practically here! How do you keep a routine schedule while the kids are on vacation? We complain about the rigidity of the school year and can’t wait for summer to arrive. However when it does, it can be very stressful trying to keep to a working/work-out routine while our kids are off, and enjoying anything but a routine!

Here are some tips to help you maintain your physical fitness balance while enjoying these summer months

1. If you are going to exercise outdoors make sure you adapt to the heat by always carrying plenty of water and not exerting in the sun during the hottest times between 11-4.

2. Plan your week ahead – just like you might give a bit of extra thought to prepping meals for the coming week, now you should also plan the week ahead in terms of daily “spots” you might have to “fit in” your physical activity. And it may be at different times each day depending on your family’s new summer schedule.

3. The family that trains together stays together! Why not include the kids in some of your physical activities? No homework or need to go to bed too early so maybe a family evening walk or walking the dog together; a bike ride; a family swim or dusting off some inline or even old roller skates??? Who said everyone can’t enjoy a bit of family cardio to make room for some clean healthy grilling, ice cold fruit smoothies and a glass of your favorite bubbly!

4. Summer is a great time to share your nutrition tips with the rest of the family and even let them surprise you by helping meal plan for the week. These next months will be great for enjoying plenty of fresh fruits, tasty veggies, lots of outdoor grilling and cool refreshing desserts.

5. When it comes to keeping sugar and carbs down:

Fruits– stick to anything ending in berry! (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
Vegetables – the more colorful the better
Proteins – summer lends itself to delicious ways to easily grill chicken, fish and lean cuts of meat
Avoid or keep – breads, pasta’s and chips, to a minimum
Fats and Snacks – enjoy power snacks and healthy fats such as those in nuts, avocados, peanut butter

And if you are a chocolate lover… that dark chocolate is actually healthy!

Article Credit: Monica Steiner