Summer Workout Motivation
Summer tends to come with more outdoor and physical activities, so we’ve curated a list of ways to get more fit for the hot season ahead. We’re not saying it’s a must to get in shape for the summertime, we just know many people like to in order to feel more confident in their own skin. There’s nothing wrong with the way your body may look now versus if you make the decision to work out more for the upcoming season-- it’s all up to you and how you feel. In the end, it’s better to stay fit and healthy for your overall well being.
I’ve tried to list the steps that will match our quarantine routine since summer is just around the corner.
Drinking plenty of water every day has countless amounts of benefits that I don’t need to be telling you- just make it a habit. My favorite way to do this is just filling up my reusable water bottle every morning and making sure I drink 2-3 of it a day. I sometimes put some fruits in it as well.
Make a plan
If you plan out what you want to do, you’ll get more things done. Plan your gym days or what routines you want to start. Create an at-home workout playlist on YouTube with your favorite workouts. My favorites are from the 80s and 90s, they’re just so fun to watch! For example- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg_VnsmATFE&t=203s
Eat more greens
Start implementing more veggies into your diet. I personally love fruits and veggies so I know how hard it may be for some of you who don’t. Start with getting a tasty dip or salad dressing to mix with it. You may also buy pre-packaged salads from the grocery store and bring them to school or work to make the healthier option easier.
Work out in the morning
It’s going to be difficult the first few times, but getting your workout out of the way first thing in the morning will lead to a more productive and energized day. It’s also important to carve out a specific time to work out, making it easier to stick the habit.
Work with what you have
Since the gyms are closed and not everyone has the proper equipment to work out, try just going for a quick run around the block. Anything to get you moving while you’re staying at home will really benefit you. Save your favorite at-home workouts on YouTube or watch some workout live videos on Instagram. Don’t have weights? Use the stuff that you can lift around the house. Take 1 hour of your day to really sweat everything out!
Switch it up
Don’t do the same routine every single day - switch it up and have fun with it! Your body will also start getting used to the repeated routine and it won’t be as effective over time. Surprise your muscles and try new things every once and awhile. My new hobby for a little over a year has been playing Tennis. I’m not great at sports but I’ve always wanted to start playing it because I was kind of good at it in high school plus the aesthetic! When I first started it last summer, I realized that I actually am decent at it and have been practicing it a lot. It’s definitely my new favorite hobby, gets me moving, sweating and having fun while staying fit.
Don’t forget to stretch
I can’t stress this one enough. Sometimes when I don’t feel like working out or don’t have time- I always need to stretch. Even if it’s for just 5 minutes. We forget how important it is to stretch the muscles that we move around all day. Stretching and staying flexible is so important and your body will thank you for it. The first thing I do when I wake up is stand up and stretch up high, stretch out my shoulders, hips, and legs- always. I immediately feel better after doing this.
Let me know how you guys have been taking this whole quarantine and working out situation in the comments below.