The Summer “It” List

Summer is here and it’s time to get ourselves mentally and physically prepared – it’s a busy time of year! Here’s your “It” list to get you in the best possible shape mentally, physically and emotionally so you can plan now…and enjoy the benefits all season long.

Exercise plan

If you’re not seeing results from your exercise routine, it’s time to kick it up a notch.  How about throwing in a few intervals, high intensity bursts of movement, trying a new type of cardio routine or changing your running route? The key to exercise results is consistency along with a dose of “muscle confusion.” When muscles don’t know what to expect, they react. This leads to a sleek, toned look and a faster metabolism.

Visit you local farmer’s market

Now is the time to search out where your local farmer’s market is so you can enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables near you without the chemicals, herbicides and pesticides that are found on many supermarket varieties of produce. Don’t know where they are? Click here to find a market near you.

Hydrate

When the weather gets nicer, many of us take our fitness routines outside which means we need to keep ourselves well hydrated. What are my top picks? Clean, filtered water and coconut water. Not only is coconut water low in calories, it also contains a natural source of electrolytes we lose when sweating and it comes in great, thirst quenching flavours!

New sneakers/workout clothes

Sometimes we need the extra motivation that looking and acting the part can give us. That may mean a new pair of sneakers, a few new gym wear items, new tunes for the playlist or anything else that makes you feel ready to hit the road or gym.

Food journal

Healthy eating begins with the awareness of what you’re currently doing so you can see what may need to change. One of the simplest ways to discover some of your eating behaviours is by keeping a simple food journal. Keep track of the times you eat, your choices, portions and in addition, note your hunger level and if there was any mood that triggered you to eat. Keep it simple by using a number system (1 being not hungry to 10 being famished) and symbols (like a J to note a happy mood and a L to identify a meal that was triggered by anger or frustration.)

Self-care strategy

As a busy mum, you’re probably taking care of everyone else and if there’s any time left, you’ll take care of yourself. Unfortunately, by that time, you may not have the time, energy or motivation left for your own self-care.  Even finding 10 minutes to drink a cup of tea, read a magazine, call a friend or take a walk to clear your head may do the trick.

Do something new/fun/challenging

Life is more fun when we’re learning, growing and challenging ourselves…in a good way. It keeps us engaged in life and the idea of novelty triggers the release of dopamine (our ‘feel good’ hormones), which are released when we’re doing something new. It can be as simple as trying a new vegetable or… well, I’ll leave that up to you.

Plan something

A trip, staycation, night out/in, excursion… Just the idea of planning something can be fun, exciting and rewarding. It gives us the opportunity to creatively express ourselves (especially if planning a party) while giving us something exciting to look forward to which can be satisfying and fulfilling as well.

BBQ

Food just seems to taste better on the BBQ! Get the grill cleaned up and ready for your favourite barbecue foods and experiment with new things to try using fresh herbs, spices and vegetables you can start to grow in your own garden right now. The great thing about barbecuing too is there are less pots and pans to clean. Plus your partner usually cooks: barbecuing obviously gives them a chance to show off their skills, which is fine by us as it gives us a much-needed break from the kitchen.

Sleep

When we don’t get adequate, restful, restorative sleep, we’re chipping away at our energy, health and waistline. Quality sleep is vital in any health plan so take the time now to create a sleep routine as well as an environment that will help to get you “sleeping like a baby” (or hopefully better).

Implementing just a few of these strategies now will have you enjoying your summer and all it brings. See you at the beach!

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