5 ways to enjoy your summer and keep fit

 

Summer is often thought of as the time of year to focus on fitness, especially after indulging in a variety of foods during winter. We’ve all been in the position of being stuck in the gym and wishing we were out enjoying the sunshine but guess what? It is possible to enjoy the warm weather and keep fit at the same time. We can just imagine all the raised eyebrows to this statement – but it’s true. Summer may be the time for ice cream and parties, but the days full of sunshine also create lots of opportunities for us to keep fit and healthy. We’ll dive straight in.

 

  1. Go for a swim

In winter, you’ll only find one or two people swimming in the sea or the outdoor pool, and it is absolutely freezing! As the temperatures rise it’s a lot easier to tip more than a toe in the water. In summer it’s a great way to cool off from the scorching temperatures and get in a workout.

 

 

 

  1. Feast on flavours

Make the most of the sunshine and brush the dust off your barbecue. If you don’t want to be bloated by extra bread, throw together a spicy side salad to complement your meaty main. Host your own barbecue and invite guests to bring a dish to enjoy a feast of flavours.

 

 

 

 

  1. See the sights

If you need a break from an intense gym routine, combine holiday relaxation and fitness by heading out on foot. From wandering along the beach to heading out for a cool morning hike, walking is one of the most relaxing ways to keep fit. Pack your trainers to make sure annoying blisters don’t spoil your fun in the sun.

 

 

 

 

  1. Sweet Snacking

Summer is a great opportunity to try a range of dishes with fresh ingredients. For example, summer means strawberries. Pub gardens, restaurants and of course the organisers of Wimbledon love to dish out this delicious snack on a hot day, so you have no reason to avoid this sweet treat.

 

 

 

  1. Buddy Up

Finding the motivation to do a full-on workout in the summer can be a challenge by yourself. Stir up a little competition between you and friend by challenging them to a tennis match or even invite them to tag along with you in the gym. Having someone there to support you through a workout is always a great boost. If your buddies are coach potatoes we’re sure they would appreciate the motivation as well.

 

 

Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or simply enjoying the company of your friends this summer. All the training you have done earlier in the year doesn’t have to go down the drain. If you want to try some exciting new recipes just search online and you’ll find so many tasty treats to enjoy. Remember a bit of extra sun means it’s time for fun, so there is no need to be on a treadmill feeling miserable. Get up on your feet and make the most of the wonderful weather.

 

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Stop being a Sloth: How to get Motivated

We love sloths. They’ve shot to fame since the internet fell in love with their strange long arms, cute little faces and ‘take it slow’ approach. Unfortunately, this post isn’t about those kind of sloths. We’re sorry if that’s why you’re here – please see “Cute Sloths Being Cute“.

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We’re talking about one of the Seven Deadly Sins, associated with feelings of laziness and a sluggish mindset: Slothfulness.

We’ve all felt the sloth from time to time, its long arms draped around your shoulders (metaphorical sloth, not cute sloth), dragging you down and telling you to neglect your responsibilities. After all, it’s so easy to give that project an extra day (or week) and put off that task for a while longer…

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But enough is enough!

It’s time to shake that attitude away and start the year with a sloth free mindset. Get motivated and reach your goals without letting that negativity get you down.

I know what you’re thinking, you’ve tried writing a to-do list, you’ve done the glass of lemon water in the morning, you’ve watched the motivational YouTube clips and decluttered your workspace – yet it’s still a struggle. Do not fear, whilst these things are helpful, motivation requires a change in mindset. It’s a tricky thing to get your head around and it won’t be easy, but it’s so worth it. Here are a few tips to help you make that change.

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Be positive
Yes, it sounds like a big first step, but it’s key. Most people procrastinate when they’re in a bad mood and entertain negative thoughts as opposed to positive. This mostly comes down to fear. It’s easy to explore worst case scenarios and worry about a task instead of getting started, but that’s where fear can keep you demotivated. Separate unknown worries and feel confident you can handle anything that gets in the way of your goal. Keep the glass half full.

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Reward yourself
There’s no use starting a project all at once, break it down into manageable tasks and tackle each one individually. Once you’ve completed a task, reward yourself for doing well (the reward can be anything you like). Studies have shown that after completing a demanding job, rewarding ourselves makes us feel energised. If you deprive yourself of reward, you may feel burnt-out and less likely to continue with your good work.

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Get in with the right crowd
Peer pressure. It’s bad right? Don’t do things you don’t want to, just to fit in. Agreed. But we’re talking about a healthy kind of peer pressure ;).
Research has indicated that the groups of people you associate with are a good predictor of the sort of person you’ll become. For example, if you’re socialising with friends that regularly give-up on endeavours and practice activities you’re trying to avoid, it’s only natural that you will adopt these behaviours. Start hanging out with the people who are self-motivated and their habits will rub off on you. Give it a go!

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This should be enough to get you started, it’ll take time and it won’t be easy, so good luck! But if you have other suggestions you’ve found useful yourself, we’d love to know!

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