Now that summer is FINALLY upon is, it’s time for beach trips, pool parties and fun in the sun where you get to show off all the hard work you've put into attaining your fitness goals. While you should absolutely take time to enjoy all of the progress you've made, you also don't want to throw away all of your hard work.
Here are a few ways to stay on top of your goals while enjoying every moment of summer.
1. Log Your Food
It's likely that you'll be spending a lot of time at parties, BBQs, etc. While you may show up to an event with the best intentions–swearing off the salty snacks, fatty foods, and decadent desserts, you know there will come a point where it is going to be very hard to resist the urge to splurge. I suggest using a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal to evaluate food options and make the best decisions to help you stay accountable with your macros. It will only take a few minutes and it is worth every second!
2. Workout Early on the Weekends
Weekends during the summer are usually packed with activities. Again, you may have the best intentions to hit a workout mid-day or in the evening but we all know that it's more likely you'll skip the gym when other options sound more fun. Stay accountable by doing your weekend workouts in the morning. It's a simple solution and it's super effective for keeping you on track all summer long.
3. Find a Consistent Workout Partner
This is important for any time of year, but especially during the busy summer months. Try to recruit someone who trains regularly and set a schedule that aligns with theirs. Working out together adds accountability–you won’t want to let your partner down by missing an obligation!
4. Invest in Portable Equipment
Traveling a lot this summer? Head to your local sporting goods store and pick up a set of resistance bands, mini bands, dumbbells, or a kettlebell. You don’t need much... Then, the next time you go away, throw them into your luggage. You'll have no excuse to skip a workout. All it takes is twenty to thirty minutes to get a killer workout in before you go off and enjoy your vacation.
I promise if you implement these four strategies you will be able to not only maintain your early summer shreds but improve them as the summer moves along!
ABOUT JOHN PAPP
John Papp is a certified personal trainer, body transformation specialist, sports performance coach, published fitness writer, and aspiring fitness model based out of Xceleration Fitness in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His goal is to help change lives through health and fitness.