Patio season is upon us! At least in Canada, it is.
Summertime = an increase in delicious drinks, food, and all around more social activities. Especially in the North, the four months of hot weather is go time, which can definitely mean the gym and workouts take a backseat.
But, fitness doesn’t have to be non-existent.
We’ve spent all year working on our ‘Summer Bod’s,’ let’s not flush all the progress down the drain to enjoy these months.
Let’s do both!
1. Get outside and work out
Go for a run, bike ride, roller-blade etc. Anything works, choose what you enjoy. Get your heart rate up and work up a sweat while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Sometimes the hardest part of maintaining your workout schedule is not wanting to waste the weather by being stuck inside, so don’t. Take it outside!
2. Look for group fitness: boot-camps, yoga, or running groups that are ran at local parks
Try new activities. What’s more fun than group activities with fresh air?? Also, summertime is the time for free outdoor yoga classes in parks – check your area and get involved!
3. Make healthy choices when out to eat
You don’t have to sacrifice all the dinner dates, bbq’s, and patio sessions for fear of blowing your diet. Go, enjoy yourself. One rule I keep in mind is trying to make healthier choices so I don’t feel crappy and bloated, and can go out more often guilt free. If I’m drinking pitchers of beer, maybe skip the burger and fries and have a salad. Find what works for you and stick with it so you can have allllll the fun!
4. Portion control
If you must eat the burger and fries, don’t supersize it. Just kidding. But actually, portion control really helps! Split the dessert, watch your calorie intake of the less healthier options (no I don’t mean be super strict and weigh your food, just be aware of portion sizes) listen to your body and stop when full – don’t overeat.
5. Be conscious of what you’re drinking
Drinking is empty calories. Iced coffees, juices, alcohol. They add up and quickly. Let’s be realistic though, we’re going to drink…all of the above. Just be conscious of it, drink water to reduce bloating and slow yourself down (also hydration is never a bad thing).
6. Enjoy the beautiful weather with long walks
Walking is incredibly underrated. Walk as much as you can, as long as you can. Take time to enjoy your surroundings, and it’s just a bonus you’re doing cardio and burning calories.
Enjoy yourself. Eat, drink, be merry…but also get active. Staying active ensures you can eat and drink more, not be as strict with your diet so make the time to work up a sweat, and do it outside!