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How to have a healthy summer

It’s summertime in Kelowna again! I can see the excitement in everyone around me. Boating, fishing, sun tanning and lazing around the beach is a huge thing in the Okanagan, but this is also the perfect season to be focusing on health to look and feel your best during the summer months.

Below are a few of my suggestions to have a healthy and fun summer of 2016.

 

Golfer hitting golf shot with club on course while on summer vacation

 

Make Time For Fitness
Fit in up to 60 minutes of physical activity each day. That doesn’t mean you will be on the weight-room floor seven days a week, but strive to get some kind of activity—even if it’s a walk with your dog or an easy bike ride. Take advantage of the great weather we have in the Okanagan by taking your workouts outdoors.

Discover What You Enjoy 
Weights are one of the best ways to make significant physical changes to your body. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys lifting. The most important determinant of long-term success with fitness is how much you enjoy an activity. Choose something that makes fitness fun for you. Explore new classes and activities to determine which you prefer. As a beginner, almost anything you choose will be challenging, but gains will be made starting your very first week.

Get some “me” time
Summer can get chaotic with all the party plans, so make sure you take some down time for yourself. Get a massage, pedicure, or just lay around on your patio with a good book. Don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself and taking a rest.

 

Happy family on their bike at the park on a sunny day

 

Embrace outdoor Challenges
We all want to live comfortably, but workouts produce the best results when they make a little—or even more than a little—uncomfortable. Your body adapts to changes when you ask more of it than it’s used to giving. To make improvements, you must push just outside your comfort zone. Adjust your mindset to seek greater challenges over time, and you’ll see your body respond.

Rise, then Shine
Work out in the morning, before the rest of the day gets in your way. Also nailing a morning workout will boost your energy and your confidence for the rest of day.

Have Healthy Barbecues
Summer isn’t summer without the barbecue! It is possible to have a barbecuewithout all the grease, fat and carbs. Play around with new recipes for turkey burgers, yam fries, barbecue Angelique Kronebusch Fitness veggies and even fruit.

 

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