With more of us likely staying close to home this summer, why not plan to either start a healthy and regular workout schedule or enhance your current routine? It’s never too late in the year to get your healthy on, so we’ve compiled a short list of tips to get you moving.
- Start with a plan—The more organized you are, the more likely you will stay on track. Start by creating a short workout plan, which could include specific days of the week you will work out (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for example). It can also include the type of workout per day—Monday: weight training, Wednesday: biking, and Friday: 5k walk. Block out time on your calendar for working out as well.
- Start out slow—Don’t burn yourself out by jumping into an intense workout regimen. This can often lead to quitting altogether. Commit to working out two days a week at first, and then work your way up to five or even six per week! Also make sure to select workouts that support your level of wellness. As you exercise more and more, you will gain the strength and endurance required to elevate the level of workout difficulty.
- Get good sleep—When you give your body a chance to recover with at least 6 to 8 hours of good sleep, you’ll find that working out is much more enjoyable and less strenuous.
- Adjust your nutrition plan—Stock your kitchen with healthy fruits and veggies, and start to move away from processed packaged foods. The more whole, plant-based foods in your diet, the better, lighter and more energetic you will feel! And whenever possible, choose water over sodas or juices (avoid the sugar).
- Find a workout buddy—Many find it difficult to get motivated when working out alone. If this sounds like you, find a dedicated workout partner. When someone else is depending on you to show up, your accountability tends to skyrocket. And if you can’t physically work out together, agree to check in regularly and hold each other accountable.
Any time is a good time to improve your health and well-being. Applying just a few of these tips can help you significantly increase wellness for the long haul.