Let’s chat about how to be healthy throughout the summer! As we head into summer, maybe kiddos are starting to be home more. That means time and priorities may shift. I’m sharing my healthy habits for summer that continues to give me needed self-care.
Healthy habits for summer
Whether you like to travel, or stay close to home throughout the summer months, schedule often shift. And if you’re looking to build, or maintain healthy habits, it’s something we need to be mindful of so they don’t slip away without notice.
Today I’ll be sharing some habits that I focus on all year long, but especially during the summer as we’re out and about more. These habits allow me to be the happiest, healthier version of myself. And that is what I want for you too!
Maintain a morning routine
For me, it all starts in the morning. Having my morning time is super valuable to me. It happens before my kids are awake. It’s when I write blog posts (like this one!). It’s when I focus on gratitude and my daily devotion. It’s also when I like to work out.
The goal is to have some time for yourself. Maybe you don’t like mornings. That is okay! Find time in the evenings, or whenever it makes sense in your life.
Move your body every day
The second tip that also happens to be a part of my morning routine is to get some daily movement in. I wake up early, and after coffee, bible, and computer work, I head out to the garage to workout. I might do some strength training like Body Pump, some yoga, go for a walk. If my energy is high I’ll do a Body Combat workout. I tune into what my body wants and the exercise mood I’m in.
Tune into what your body needs. It’s okay to have more intense days, and also more relaxed days of movement.
Maintaining our movement practice all summer long is going to help us to feel good, stay active and meet goals.
Staying hydrated is SO important during the summer. It’s hotter out and we simply may sweat more. Not staying properly hydrating can leave energy dipping.
If a goal is to keep energy up, hydration can help with that! It will help your body to work optimally.
But what if you’re not a fan of regular plain water? Find something you like to put in your water. A squeeze of lemon or lime, strawberries and mint, or simply a flavoring packet can make water more interesting. Try making iced tea that you can sip on.
If you’re wondering how much water you should be drinking, here is a rough calculation to use. Of course, hydration should be individualized. As a starting point, try this: Take your weight in pounds, divide that by 2, and then aim for that number in ounces. For example, a 150lb person should aim for 75 ounces of water. If you’re pregnant, exercising, in extreme heat, or other factors, your water need will change.
Have a meal plan
Having a meal plan is a habit I maintain all year long so that I know we are eating healthy meals, and I’m taking the stress out of dinner time. Not sure where to start? Check these meal plans out.
When I start with a plan, I know what to buy at the grocery store. I can also go into dinner time with a plan of action and that alone takes the stress out of the equation.
There are definitely times I deviate from my plan, and that’s okay! The simple act of having a plan will reduce stress.
Meal plans help us to ensure we have a good variety of meals, and also reduce wanting to pick up take out.
Plan out the week
Look ahead for the week to see what it will look like. Does it look relaxed or overwhelming? Do you need to make a meal ahead, or do you have time to cook in the evening?
Knowing what we have coming up will help us to plan our meals. In addition, we’ll know when we’re going to work out, when we have downtime, when we take care of the house, and all the things going on in life.
For me, Sunday mornings are my planning time. It lets me look ahead and decide what I want our week to look like. Knowing what the week will look like allows me to show up as the best version of myself because I can make sure my self-care doesn’t get pushed off.
I hope that these tips have been helpful for you!
Watch the full healthy habits for summer video below, or click here to watch on YouTube!
What’s a habit you’re working to maintain this summer? Is there one that you’re working to add into your life? Comment and let me know about it so I can cheer you on!