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August 12, 2014 | Posted by: Ericka Andersen | Posted in: Health & Fitness
Staying Balanced as Summer Ends

Part of why it’s so hard for people to get back into shape when summer comes along is because they let themselves go once the weather cools down, either with their work out regimens or with their food choices. This year, you can change that!

The back to school time is a crazy couple of weeks for everyone. When you’re just getting back from summer vacations and catching up on your to-do list, it can be easy to slack on your healthy habits. But by simply mapping out your fitness and nutrition goals, you can be much more organized and ready to take on the fall!

Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track with your fitness routine:

  • Determine how many days a week are feasible for working out. Be honest with yourself; if you know you’re going to have a late meeting one day, don’t plan on working out after work. Instead try to sneak in a morning gym session or a run during lunch.  
  • Pick a new class or program to try and stick to it. Just because the weather is getting cooler, doesn’t mean our fitness routine has to become boring! Try a new dance or spin class for a fun indoor workout!
  • Think of a fitness goal you want to attain over the fall season so you have something to focus on as the end point. Would you like to run a half marathon or reach a new level in Yoga? Pick something that will keep you grabbing for your gym bag even as the days get shorter.
  • On days you can’t work out, have a quick, go-to routine like planks, a stretching pattern or sit-ups to keep you on track. They can be done as soon as you get out of bed or when you’re watching TV after dinner.

Eating smart is just as important as staying consistent in your workout routine. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your diet nutritious and delicious:

  • Stock up on nutritious snacks in multiple places you frequent, like your desk, car, and handbag. When the day gets hectic, we end up grabbing whatever is closest to us for lunch or a snack. I always keep a stock of Balance Bars in my desk at work for those days when I know I won’t have time to grab a proper lunch and don’t want to make bad choices at the vending machine. Also, having some energizing snacks on hand will keep you from canceling your workouts because you’re hungry. I know I’ve used that excuse before.
  • Devise a way to try a new fruit or vegetable every week. Tomatoes, corn, summer squash, grapes and peppers are just a few options to choose from in the late summer harvest.
  • Journal your food so you can make positive assessments and changes. Sometimes you don’t realize exactly what you’re eating until it is right there in front of you.

Yes, summer’s almost over and you can relax a little on that beach body, but exercise is not just about how you look. It’s just as much about how you feel and how you treat yourself. Treat your body right and you’ll look great throughout every season!

Check out more tips from Ericka here!

Ericka Andersen*

*Ericka Andersen is a paid spokesperson for Balance Bar

Tags: Diet, Exercise & Wellness, Goals, Training, Summer Tips.