Even though the temps in Texas have made it seem like summer has been around for months and months, spring officially turned to summer just last week! There is no better time than now to start implementing these 5 goals to jump start your summer fitness routine.
Drink Water, And Lots Of It!
I preach about water consumption all the time. Water aids in the removal of toxins from your system and it helps regulate digestion. Keep that bottle of water close by this summer! I aim to drink at least 128 ounces (1 gallon) of water each day, but I often drink more than that!
Plan And Prep Your Meals
You know the saying: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”. Meal prep is essential for me each week, especially because I am tracking my macros religiously now. I usually set aside some time on Sunday’s to prep some food for meals for the upcoming week. Some of my favorite go to’s are easy crock pot chicken, and easy oven baked chicken fajitas. I also love making turkey taco meat. I use 99% lean ground turkey and add in a packet of Mrs. Dash taco seasoning. It goes great with rice or in salads!
Aim For 8 Hours Of Sleep Each Night
Getting adequate sleep is such an important aspect of dieting and training. 7-8 hours each night is ideal. Poor or not enough sleep can lead to a drop in leptin levels which are super helpful for hunger management. I’ve struggled with getting ‘restful’ sleep for a while now so I’ve made it a point to incorporate some habits into my nightly routine:
- Take a relaxing bubble bath with Epsom salt (I love Dr. Teal’s Soothe & Sleep).
- Limit TV and devices at least an hour before bedtime. The blue glow suppresses melatonin, so cutting out TV time and social media on your phone can help your body produce natural melatonin which causes sleepiness.
- Diffuse essential oils (I love Now Essential Oils in Lavender at bedtime).
- Bedtime yoga! There are a tone of great nighttime yoga flow videos online. It’s amazing how much better I feel after doing just 20 minutes of gentle stretching at night.
Aim To Be Active 5 Days A Week
I like to sit down on Sunday and outline my entire week in my planner. I decide what days I want to go to Orangetheory Fitness and what days I plan to go to the YMCA. This helps keep me accountable for all of my workouts. Plus, since I started working with a coach, planning out my week is essential so I can plan out my re-feed days!
Take Time For Yourself
This year I have made a huge effort to set aside some time for myself a few days each week. I usually spend this time reading a book, journaling, going for a walk while I listen to a podcast, going to the bookstore to browse the aisles, getting my nails done or renting a movie. This self care time helps me clear my mind of the everyday stresses that work and life brings. I’ve also been loving my nighttime yoga! I’m in the process of turning one of our upstairs bedroom into a workout/blogging room. I pulled out some white christmas lights that I plug in to help make the room feel calm.
What are some of your weekly fitness goals?