If you are overweight, summer time can mean a lot of anxiety while you think about having to wear lighter, possibly more revealing clothes and stick to your diet at all the parties and festivals that take place during the warmer months. Most of us have already started on a diet in preparation of this time, or maybe are working on maintaining a long-term health goal that requires us to diet throughout the year. Whatever your situation, I am here to remind you of the ways in which you can help keep in line with your diet and fitness goals while still enjoying the season.
The first step to creating a healthy diet plan is to create goals that you can achieve and track daily. This helps you feel more successful when you are able to see results over time. One of the most common starter goals is to determine a healthy yet challenging number of steps you would like to achieve in one day. Keeping track of your progress is easy with a Verizon phone linked to your Fitbit or other type of fitness tracker. These types of apps give you data throughout the day and are often designed to keep track of other factors in your routine like alternative physical activity as well as food and water intake. You can then alter your goals as time goes on to be sure you are continuing to challenge yourself and to avoid hitting a plateau. Tracking your food with the same type of apps can be helpful so that you can determine patterns in your eating. This will allow you to pinpoint the areas you need to focus on but still give you the opportunity to enjoy yourself by not being forced to cut out any food in particular, but just create boundaries.
Get Outside More
Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine has so many amazing benefits. Summer time gives us longer and warmer days to take advantage of being in the outdoors. Take this opportunity to spend some time being active in nature. Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, or just taking a walk in the park making a point to move a little while taking in what summer has to offer will create a habit of getting just a little bit of exercise and hopefully enjoying yourself while doing it.
Join a Group
Often times there are online or in person groups that you can join in your community to keep you accountable and have someone to talk to who will relate and give you support. Look on social media or google weight loss companies in your area who may offer meetings or outings of some kind. There may even be a restaurant that hosts local healthy events, getting involved with something like this is a great way to meet people who maintain a lifestyle that focuses on being healthy for whatever reason they may have. If you spend time with people who have similar priorities as you it is easier to keep up with habits that will help you maintain your diet.