So many people spend months getting ready for summer, but then their health and fitness regime goes out of the window as soon as summer arrives. They go to festivals, on holidays, and impromptu summer barbecues and suddenly, looking and feeling amazing is no longer important. I’ve been exactly the same in the past! Last summer I worked so hard to look incredible, but as soon as my holidays were over (well, while I was on holiday too), I hit the cocktails and cake HARD. This summer I really want to maintain my health and fitness, as well as continue to reach my goals. Ultimately, I want to get really lean so I’m at a good point to build more muscle. I’ll reverse diet slowly, upping calories and cutting cardio, so I can build the booty, quads, and perhaps my delts – all ready for next summer! I don’t want to be huge, but I do want to work on that hourglass figure more consistently than I have in the past. Here’s what you can do to maintain your health and fitness during summer. I’m going to do the same!
Start Exercising In The Morning
By exercising in the morning, you’ll have the rest of the day to do what you like. Whether that’s after work drinks with colleagues or going to your friend’s for lunch. I’m used to working out in the evening, but sometimes life gets in the way and I end up not going, especially during summer! This is why I’m going to try to master morning workouts from now on.
Create A Routine You Know You’ll Stick To
You need a routine you know you’ll stick to during summer. Winter doesn’t usually have as much going on as summer, so it’s easy to commit to 5 or 6 gym sessions a week. That might not be realistic for you during summer. Even if you can only commit to 3 or 4 sessions, create a routine and do your best to stick to it. Summer is brilliant time to try out new ways to exercise. Why not giving hiking, or even biking a go? Just make sure you’re safe – multi bike insurance might be worth looking at if you really get into it.
Give Yourself A Drink Limit
Summer is full of opportunities for last minute drinks. You want to be able to go to the beer garden and have a couple if the opportunity arises – life is all about balance! However, you don’t want to get sloshed. Give yourself a drink limit. Maybe have 2 or 3. This will take some self control, but it will make it possible to have a social drink without ruining your routine.
Stick To One Kind Of Drink
Some drinks are better than others when it comes to staying healthy and fit. Gin and slimline tonic or vodka and slimline tonic are both low calorie, brilliant drinks. You can also have some wine, but that’s better if you only plan on having one. Too much wine can be very calorific!
Allow Yourself One Or Two Cheats Per Week
You still want to allow yourself one or two cheats per week. This will give you something to look forward to when you’re killing your legs in the gym after holiday, or when you’re tucking into a big salad. Salads are yummy, but they don’t always hit the spot! The key with your cheats is to plan them in advance so you know you have them to look forward to. Have whatever you like, but never eat until you feel sick – stop when you’re just satisfied. If you’re having a night out, you definitely need to count that as a cheat. Stay hydrated and avoid binging on junk the next day.
Have Goals To Work Towards
Having goals to work towards even after your holidays will keep you going and stop you from yo-yoing. You don’t want to have to start again at the start of every summer! Like I said earlier, mine will be continuing to get as lean as is healthy for me, then reverse dieting to build muscle where I want it.
Don’t let your health and fitness slip. You can have a fun, balanced lifestyle during summer!