THE SUMMER MONTHS have kicked in,mornings are getting brighter,evenings a little longer and we now seem to have the sunshine with us the last few weeks.
During the summer months it really is quite normal for your routine to get a little sidetracked away from your normal daily routine.Of course the summer months can bring in many things like holidays away,festivals,weddings,beer gardens and so on and we might not see a trip to the gym as a one of the priority’s for your day.That really is normal and I always do encourage people to change it up a little and allow some change during the year.From working on the gym floor now for almost 10 years now generally speaking the gym floor does get a little quieter than the wintry months.
The priority should be to enjoy the sunshine and summer months when we get it.This could be anything from a holiday away with good food and drink, taking time to switch off, getting outdoors, or even spending quality time with family and friends.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t also spend some time on your health and fitness. Some of you spend enough time training indoors during the winter months in the gym, now is the time to get outside and continue to top up on your fitness, all while getting some vitamin D.
Here are a couple of ideas to keep you ticking over the summer months
Plan ahead or change it up
A plan or program is something that will help you stay accountable during the summer months.The list here is endless by perhaps starting a new strength program or even totally coming away from strength and deciding to bring in a little more outdoor cardio workouts,deciding to work with a personal trainer or even signing up to a sports club/team.Over the 12 week summer period it is good to continue to work towards something.Having a journal or even using a vision board too is quite useful to help you keep on track of that long term goal you have set in place at the start of the year.Over the years I have seen people set goals back in January and once the summer months start to kick in the goal is slowly put away to the side. Don’t get me wrong the summer should be enjoyed and your focus can shift a little off your fitness goal but there is no need to fully give up.What I suggest here is try and stay with it as much as possible while incorporating a 1-2 week break in there too.
A break is good
When a lot of my clients go away on their summer holidays they ask me what workouts to do.I always tell them first that the hotel gym does not need to be on the top of their list.The goal of any holiday should be to switch off and enjoy the break spending good quality time with family and friends.A break really is good for the body and there really is no harm eating and drinking a bit more of the food that you wouldn’t necessarily while at home.If you do want to get some exercise in during this time then simple things like swimming ,running or even renting a bike to check out the local area is what is best.Any time I go away I like to get out and run.It really is the best way to see the sights and find your bearings.
Doing some simple and basic mobility stretches or even just take a leaf out of this guys book below and just have some fun by the pool!
Get active outside
When we have some sunshine in Ireland it is quite important to get out and get our dose of vitamin D.Vitamin D is important for good overall health and strong and healthy bones. It’s also an important factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection.Your body can make its own vitamin D from sunlight. You can also get vitamin D from supplements and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat.Not only getting outside in the sunshine is good for boosting our vitamin D but overall its great for clearing the head and can only encourage to keep working on our mental fitness.We spend enough time throughout the year working indoors at work to the gym floor and now is the time to get outside and use the fitness that you have worked on all round by doing some activities outside.In my next point you can see some of the activities you can take you while getting that vitamin D topped up
In last weeks article I mentioned keeping your training varied.Each summer I always try to pick up a new skill/workout path.Last year I took up trail running and since that it has become a weekly part of my training plan.Bringing in a new activity,hobby or skill that is totally new for yourself will not only test you physically and mentally but will encourage you to stay on track holding you accountable over the summer months.The list is endless these days from playing tag rugby,going out on a hike,signing up for a triathlon or even just getting out for a cycle.My new hobby this summer is sea swimming around seapoint. Not only have I found this great for my fitness but it has really helped me with my mental fitness too.
In next weeks article I will put together some video content including basic and effective outdoor workouts with very limited gym equipment that I generally do with both myself and my clients.
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