Did you make a new year’s resolution to get fit and eat healthier? When we start off, we are so eager and motivated. We plan it all out and get going. Usually by spring we are losing a little steam but we are still trying to hang in there. However, when summer rolls around, we see our train coming to a complete stop. It’s very common. Yet we don’t have to let that be the way of it. For me, I am usually more motivated in the summer. Let me share with you five ways I stick with getting fit and healthy.
1. New Exercises. Whatever I started with in the winter, I sometimes change in the summer. I still do my walking videos but I might purchase (or borrow) a new video to reignite my motivation. This year I added the game of tennis to my outdoor activities and I do it with my family. Fun! If you go to a gym, try a different class. Changing it up will create new challenges and make you excited about working out again.
2. Set A New Goal. So, hopefully, by summer I’ve made progress with my goal set back in January. If so, I make a new goal. At the moment, I want to be more toned so I have increased my strength training regimen. Stronger muscles equals increased metabolism which wanes with age. If I haven’t reached my goal, I reevaluate what I’m doing and make the necessary changes in my workout then set a new goal to reach.
3. Enjoy Fresh Foods. Summer through fall provides much fresh veggies and fruits. Eating healthy is definitely easier when you have so much fresh produce to choose from. I look up recipes that are summer friendly and contain fresh veggies and fruits. Taste of Home’s Market Fresh Cookbook is one of my favorite books to use during summer and fall. Fresh, tasty and healthy recipes to encourage my journey of eating healthy. You can also peruse the internet for recipes as well.
4. Give Myself Grace. There are just some days I can’t get a workout in. Grace. Or I am not motivated to do so. Grace. And sometimes I just want to eat a cupcake with buttercream icing. Grace. I can be hard on myself when I miss my workout or eat something I shouldn’t but I remind myself it’s okay. It really is okay. If we deprive ourselves of treats we like or beat ourselves up about not squeezing in some exercise, it will make us feel defeated. NO! Give yourself grace.
5. Pray. I pray for God’s strength to help me stay diligent in my exercise agenda and food choices. He gave me this temple I reside in and I believe He will give me what I need to take care of it. I desire to be a good steward by making wise choices concerning my health. It’s about being healthy and strong. I struggle like anyone else might so I know I need to be in prayer over this journey.