Summer has well and truly arrived, which means that by now we are all tired of being bombarded with adverts, articles and Instagram videos about how to get bodies in shape in time for shorts and beachwear. However, it's important to remember that when it comes to exercise in particular, it really is about quality over quantity. Here's some holistic advice on how to work out and eat smart this summer, making your journey to wellness even easier!
It has been proven that working out without being mindful of what we are doing produces inferior results in comparison to those who are being mindful of the exercise they are doing and are connected to their breath. The Chopra Center recommends using mindfulness when you work out by staying on target, focusing on your breath and staying in tune with what your body is trying to tell you during and after exercise. Simply listening to your body and breath can help you tailor your workout this summer to what you and your body needs.
If you are trying to lose weight one thing you don't want is to let yourself get ravenous in the afternoon, as by the time supper comes around you will simply not be able to stop snacking! It is best to have a snack in the afternoon of some nuts and berries to keep you going. In general, however, try to have 4-5 hours between each meal to make sure it is digested properly before eating more food.
Take Advantage Of The Weather
Now that it's not cold outside, sometimes going to the gym to get in shape isn’t even necessary when you can take advantage of the warmth and the sun! Try biking at least part of your journey to work once a day, or even get off the Underground a few stops before your destination to get some walking in to help shape up this summer. All this extra exercise and fresh air will also help you concentrate better at work, so it’s a win-win!
You could also take advantage of the spring in your step that comes from the sun to learn a new sport or activity, or even join a team for more supported motivation. This takes the monotony out of exercise and will give you an added goal of improving your exercise and eating habits rather than just losing weight.
Get A Massage
Wait, what? A massage counts as exercise? Well, not quite, however research has shown that massages improve range of motion, reduce recovery time (you can even use a massage stick for this) and increase muscle tone and flexibility. Also, since all that rubbing increases circulation, massages can facilitate draining out toxins and other nasties in your body, leaving you feeling fresher and less stressed. You can either try specific slimming massages or regular relaxing or sports massages. Go on, treat yourself!
And Lastly But Most Importantly – Be Kind To Yourself
The sun, the beach and the long hours are all there for you to enjoy yourself – so whatever you do, make sure you are having fun, are comfortable in your own skin and are being kind to your body and mind so that you can enjoy all the summer has to offer!
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