by Arya Ziai
After the cold winters when you have been lenient on you fitness regime, and tucked in the fat rich foods to keep warm, it is time to improve your fitness this summer and get back in shape. If you want to keep fit through summer, you need to plan what you eat and decide what activities you want to undertake to keep yourself in good shape, and fit back into your summer wear. Eating smarter and exercising must be major parts of your plan.
Eat smarter: This summer your main aim should be to eat smarter. You may have been a bit careless in winter and your weigh scale reads uncomfortably high. To get back on track you ought to have smaller meals at short intervals, say every three hours. This proves to be helpful in improving your metabolism. It is necessary to have more proteins and fewer carbohydrates. You should also cut down the high fat food to a minimum. Though you feel a bit lazy to follow a healthy diet, it keeps you energetic throughout summer.
It is time to make changes in your kitchen. Cut out those chips and cookies that are real diet disasters. Stock up with organically grown seasonal fruits, vegetables and grains. Your meals should contain more of raw foods, fruits, nuts, seeds and sprouted whole grains. Fibrous fruits like blackberries, strawberry, can satisfy you cravings for sweets. They help reduce cholesterol and improve digestion. These help you lose weight as they make you feel full faster. Instead of eating out often, try to have some delicious grilled meals made to suit your tastes and liking.
Have lighter drinks: Keeping your hydrated in summer is very critical. The heat can lead to loss of body fluids and resultant dehydration can mean drop in energy and your body functions going haywire. Have plenty of water in summer as well as have different types of drinks. However, be careful while selecting what you want to drink. You can have skimmed milk instead of whole milk, diet soda instead of regular soda, and green tea.
Exercising: Exercising and spending more time in outdoor activities is more useful. Going for bike rides, walks, hiking, rock climbing can be of immense help for you to burn fat. A game of baseball, soccer, softball, swimming, water aerobics etc can be great fun. Rather than your sticking to a single schedule, you can mix up a variety of activities and enjoy your pleasant summer days. It is better to exercise early morning or later in the day when it is cooler. The heat otherwise may leave you dehydrated and tired. Even getting down to cleaning you garden, or working with your simple flower box and potted plants you can feel relieved of any stress and more important feel grounded. It helps you to cool down largely if you are working in the soil. If you keep these things in mind and ensure that you sleep well, take a light nap in the early afternoon, and you will feel fit and happy. Ensure that you protect yourself from the sun when you indulge in outdoor activities. A systematic and plan diet and exercise regime helps you keep fit throughout summer and make it into a habit for yearlong fitness.
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