Everyone loves summer. From vacations, warmer days, long daylight hours, to time with friends and family, summer is easily one of my favorite times of year. Although summer is filled with fun, for a lot of people, summer comes with anxiety.
There are so many things going on with summer, if you are in the middle of a health and fitness journey, you may be worried that you are going to get thrown off track. I get it. You don’t want to spend your vacation worrying about your workouts or getting in your macros. Trust me, I don’t either. Today, I am going to share my top 3 tips for staying on track, so you can enjoy your summer!
If you are on vacation, it may be hard to squeeze in a workout. While I’m on vacation, I may go to the hotel gym once or twice, but I never beat myself up if I don’t make it there. Instead, I try to focus on movement. Whatever we are doing, I try to make sure we are active at some point in the day.
For example, at the beach, I will get up and take a long beach walk. If we are in a new city, we are most likely walking around exploring, so I am getting in my steps.
Another way to be intentional about movement on vacation would be to schedule in some sort of activity. On our honeymoon in April, we visited Sedona, Arizona. If you don’t know much about Sedona, it is BEAUTIFUL and has so many hiking opportunities. Grayson and I took at least one hike per day and loved every minute.
Instead of focusing on getting in a workout, just try to get moving.
With summer comes eating out and social gatherings. These situations often cause a lot of stress about food. When you are eating out or at a social gathering, try to eat a protein, a healthy fat, and a healthy carb. Don’t worry about the exact calories or the exact macros.
It is so important to enjoy the moment. Please don’t let thoughts of food hinder your fun. Also, there is alway room for a “cheat meal.” Now, don’t go out and eat all the fried foods every night, but it is important to enjoy yourself and splurge. I try to follow the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time, I am following my balanced, healthy diet. 20% of the time, I enjoy the fried shrimp and ice cream.
This summer, focus on balanced meals and don’t forget to enjoy yourself sometimes too!
I say this all the time. Take small steps. During this season of life, I am focusing on small changes. When you have a lot going on, it is hard to work towards a goal. Instead of trying to make a hundred changes all at once, pick one simple goal that you can commit to for 30 days.
Maybe you want to drink more water or maybe you need to get more sleep. Pick one thing, and make a plan to work on that one thing this summer. I promise you will be surprised at how much better you feel from just one simple change.
To help you out with this one, I created a simple habit tracker graphic. I am updating mine during the week over on my stories on Instagram. I invite you you to download this habit tracker and join me this summer adopting new habits!
I hope these 3 tips left you feeling motivated and encouraged to take on your summer! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions. As always feel free to dm me on Instagram, @jessicabondfitness.
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I help women with chronic illness incorporate mindful movement and adopt new habits that work with their diagnosis and avoid new flares.