This guest post is written by Shelly Stinson. Shelly is a health, food and lifestyle writer hoping to start her own website in the near future.
Ah, summer. It’s the season of cookouts and fun, especially with holidays that tend to bring people together, like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
But what happens when all of your get-togethers and gatherings start getting in the way of your fitness routine? Do you choose to have a good time or stick to your health and fitness goals?
Fortunately, you can have both. Here are some easy ways to make it happen.
Become a Morning Exerciser
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss your workouts, even if you’re planning to attend various events, is to become a morning exerciser. This enables you to get your exercise done and out of the way before any late-day plans have a chance to derail your fitness goals.
Morning exercise has other benefits too. For instance, most gyms aren’t as packed in the morning as they are at night. Plus, there are some hormones that peak early in day and they happen to be the same hormones that help build muscles (like testosterone).
Make Party Days “Off Days”
Most people don’t exercise seven days a week so one way to keep your gatherings from nixing your exercise goals is to simply use those days as your off days. That way you don’t have to feel guilty about it because you know you’ll be working out the next day instead.
Exercise During Your Lunch Hour
If your gathering is taking place after work and that’s normally when you exercise, how about fitting in a lunchtime workout session so you can still get fit without it hurting your social life?
Basically, you want to think about the times you can slide exercise into your schedule as this increases the likelihood that you’ll actually do it. Breaks make good times too if it’s a mini-workout you’re after.
Incorporate Summer Activities
Another way to ensure that you don’t let go of your fitness goals due to your expanding summer social calendar is to change up your exercise routine. You can do this by incorporating summer-based activities that you enjoy but don’t necessarily get to do the rest of the year.
For instance, what about adding beach runs or swimming? Pick activities that make you want to come back for more and you will.
Try Something New
You can also make it easier to stick to your exercise routine by trying new exercise activities. This can help to renew your motivation and alleviate any boredom you might feel.
Some of the trending workouts at this moment include high intensity interval training (HIIT), CrossFit, mixed martial arts (MMA), and barre classes. Check around your area to see what interests you!
Sign Up for an Event
It’s always easier to put in the effort when you know you have a deadline or that the workout is necessary due to something you can’t back out of.
That’s why signing up for an event can help you stay on track with your workouts. It forces you to keep up your exercise so that you’re ready on the day of the competition.
Depending on your interests, this could mean looking for a late summer 5k or even trying your hand at one of the more grueling fitness events like the Tough Mudder or a Spartan Race. Get yourself on the list so you make your exercise sessions a priority.
Do these types of things and you’ll find it easier to stick to your summer exercise routine while still having a social life at the same time.
Do you think that’s what they meant by having your cake and eating it too?