Well, it’s that time of year again. The much-anticipated changing of seasons, leaving Winter behind, watching new growth come alive and warmer months ahead. Before we know it our schedules will be overloaded with family dinners, campouts, road trips, and in full swing of summer. The downtime some of us may have found in the slower grey months moves behind us and with that many will lose touch with healthy habits they began to implement and nurture. Soon you’ll be face to face with your favorite backyard barbecue fixins, carving out time for family campouts and neglecting your gym and clean eating routine.
For many, myself included, the balance between seasons changing can bring many hurdles back to the surface. So before summertime activities pull you too far off course it’s time to draw lines, create boundaries and set new goals. Navigating through this part of the year will likely make or break the effort you’ve put in to get here, and ultimately where you’ll end up this fall. Needless to say, the best way to make sure you’re ready for the rush of September is to stay focused and keep your healthy habits going through summer.
The enticing aroma of the neighbor's grill, backyard gatherings and tempting “off limit” foods are in abundance this time of year, and who doesn’t want to indulge? But what is too much and how do you keep it all from unraveling all together?
As a certified personal trainer and nutritionist I am an advocate of setting goals year-round and staying on course. However, I also know that there are a lot of moments in life to be soaked up and enjoyed (no one wants to miss out on all the fun). So, rather than saying no to holiday camping trips, bbq get-togethers, and your favorite summertime meals how about charging into summer with a game plan that keeps you on track and enjoying every bit of the season ahead. Try implementing these tips and keep working toward a successful season.
Bypassing the chips, dips, and calorie saturated temptations can be tough to maneuver. Give yourself the best chance at resisting them by bringing your own healthy versions of your favorites. You could also try having something to eat before you go to help satisfy the cravings before you get to the party. You should know though, this may not always work. Planning to stay on track and actually staying on track are two very different things. If you get to the bbq and don’t have many healthy options, limit yourself to one plate of food, skip the buns, or replace chips with fruit- remember every bit of effort adds up to your success.
Another great way to enjoy good food during summer is to grow your own. Try adding some of your favorite fruits and vegetables to your backyard and focus on enjoying fresh, not processed foods. Not a seasoned gardener? No problem. There are many resources out there for learning the ins and outs of starting a garden, search and learn. If you lack the space or time to grow your own head to your local farmers market and stock up on the seasons freshest goods.
Regardless if you’re an avid outdoorsman, a weekend explorer or a fitness enthusiast staying consistent but flexible with your goals as the seasons' change is vital to ensuring your success and keeping the ball rolling. In fact, one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated, improving and enjoying life is to change modalities of training and add in seasonal foods. So make the choice, change it up, and refocus. Before you know it you’ll be pounding out the miles in the backcountry thankful you stayed the course and enjoyed every drop of summer.
*if you'd like more information on navigating summers hurdles head over the the Archery Maniacs Podcast and listen to Full Draw Fitness Episode 285, 'Avoiding Summertime Pitfalls'.
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