Summer is finally upon us! It’s been a long Wisconsin winter, and everyone is ready for barbecues, patio drinks, frozen cocktails, ice cream, and kicking back. Summertime treats are delicious, and lounging around during the dog days of summer is like a dream come true. But, those extra calories and lazy time can sneak up on you in a not-so-great way. Here are our best tips on how to enjoy all of your favorite summer things, while still having a fit summer vacation.
Finding time to workout in everyday life is a challenge. Finding time to workout during summer when the days are jam-packed with so many fun activities, can be an even bigger challenge. So, set your alarm a tad earlier than usual, take advantage of the earlier hours of daylight, and get your workout done first thing. By getting your blood pumping right away in the morning, you will rev up your metabolism for the rest of the day, get those happy endorphins flowing, and set the mood for an awesome day.
Many of our local communities offer summertime activities like daytime and nighttime hikes, softball and volleyball leagues, nature walks, and soccer and t-ball for the kids. By joining in, you’ll meet new people, make the most of the summer while it’s here, and have a fit summer vacation.
Everyone has their favorite summer beverage. Whether it’s sweet tea, lemonade, or a fruity cocktail, summertime favorites are refreshing to indulge in. While we certainly aren’t going to ask you to give up your summer faves, we will mention that many of those drinks are high in sugar and caloric count, so enjoy them in moderation. The best way to hydrate for a fit summer vacation is by drinking plenty of water. It is recommended to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day (if you weigh 160 lbs., drink 80 oz. of water daily). Remember to replenish your fluids if you’ve been sweating in excess from the heat or exercise.
What stocks the shelves of your refrigerator better than locally grown produce? We can’t think of a thing! Wisconsin winters can be harsh, and finding delicious fresh produce can be quite the task. So, take advantage of the sunshiny days ahead by visiting area farmer’s markets and fruit stands. Your taste buds and your waistline will thank you.
Even if summertime doesn’t mean vacation time for you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in some family fun! Whenever you have the chance, join your kids for playtime. Go outside and jump on the trampoline, play Frisbee, have a swinging competition at the park, have sand races or lap contests at the beach. Whatever your kids are up to, join in. You’ll burn calories without even thinking about it.Subscribe to our Weekly Blog Digest