Working Out is a Challenge. Summer Makes it Worse.

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It’s officially summer. That means the bikinis are on and your rolls are out. The BBQs are fired up and the meat temperatures are being bickered over. And the sun won’t let you forget that you didn’t want to work out in the first place (you can barely drag yourself off the couch to walk when its a balmy 70 degrees and overcast, let alone lace up your running shoes to venture out into satan’s armpit of 98 degree hell fire).

Summer is arguably the toughest time to maintain your healthy lifestyle (aside from the fruit cake capturing days of December). When you break a sweat walking to the bathroom, it can be difficult to maintain the positive fitness vibes that you cultivated during the spring. So what do you do? Try these 5 tips to stay motivated during the summer months:

Start early. Even with the fan blowing you’re probably too warm to get a good night’s sleep anyways. Beat the heat and wake up early to get in an outdoor workout before the sun dominates the landscape. You’ll feel better throughout the day and be glad to avoid the harmful rays.

Hydrate often. Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day. This will curb hunger, keep you hydrated as the sun depletes your nutrient supply, and reduce headaches associated with the heat. And don’t forget to hydrate any pets that you might drag along with you on your exercise excursions.

Class Pass. When meteorologists are frying eggs on the pavement to make a point, going outside is out of the question. Summer may be the perfect time to try indoor fitness classes and see what all the fuss is about. Look for temporary options like summer passes or month-to-month packages. And air conditioning? Oh yes.

Eat seasonally. We know that fresh is best, so eating seasonally is the best way to jazz up your summer dinners while keeping your waistline trim. Chances are you aren’t interested in a heavy meal anyways, so check out a seasonal food guide to see what’s freshest in your area.

Play. Remember when you were a kid and felt amazing after a day of swimming or running amok and eating popsicles outside with juice running down your arms? Tap into your childish sensibility and play at the beach, swim in a pool or start an outdoor game. You’ll burn more calories than you think and have a ball while you do it.

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Definitive Proof that THIS Is The Right Time of Day to Work Out

Note: there is no right time.

clockDon’t you just love headlines that lead you to believe there is one right answer for something? Unless it is the correct way to refer to pi, which is, in fact, apple with cinnamon crumble topping and not 3.14159 as some might think.

The right time to work out is anytime. As long as it is sometime. Simple as that. If you are trying to move, you are doing it at the right time of day, i.e. the time that works with your schedule. Whatever time you prefer to get active, here are tips to ensure you work out at some point in the day:

IN THE MORNING:

Skip the coffee. Please. The sloshin’ won’t be a pleasant knockin’ on an empty stomach.

Lay out your exercise clothes. The less thinking required in the morning, the better, so select your outfit the night before and it set next to your running shoes for easy dressing. Rumor has it some people sleep in their exercise clothes, but you can’t prove that unless doing something extremely awkward.

Make breakfast ahead of time. Pre-work out opt for a one cup-sized fruit and veggie based smoothie made the night before to jumpstart your routine. Post-workout finish off the most important meal of the day with eggs or plain oatmeal that give you a healthy breakfast in just minutes.

IN THE AFTERNOON:

Do a shoe swap. Bring comfortable walking shoes to change into during your lunch break. Dress shoes won’t get your motor running to take a brisk walk between meetings, so be sure to come prepared with proper footwear.

Brown bag it (in a reusable bag, of course). The worst way to derail a fitful afternoon is the need to make a mad grab for fast food. Pack a healthy lunch the night before and set a reminder to actually bring it with you. Consider packing a meal that can be snacked on walking around if you have little time on your breaks.

IN THE EVENING:

Prep the vegetables.  Everyone knows you should eat lots of vegetables, but sometimes if you need to wash, cut and prep them for cooking it can take some time. Do this ahead of time and portion out your vegetable helpings and ensure you aren’t wasting away in the kitchen until the wee hours of the night.

Eat a hearty lunch. If you are aiming to exercise right after the rush hour, make sure you have a healthy lunch or late afternoon snack to give you the energy to make it through your workout and deter running to the nearest Pizza Hut. Nuts and fruits are the best options for long-lasting energy that will bring you home to dinner time.

Get an early start. The closer you workout to bedtime, the harder it can be to fall asleep. Try to finish working out at least 3 hours before you will go to bed. Exercise will improve your sleep patterns, so be sure to find the right time and hit your sweet spot.

Is it your time to get active? Off you go!

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