More sunshine, vacation time, waterparks and farmers’ markets… what’s not to love about summertime? Every year from June to August, everyone seems a little happier and more relaxed. But with all that relaxation and vacation time (with maybe a few summery cocktails thrown in there), a lot of people come to me toward the end of the summer saying things like “Julie, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon with my diet and exercise.”
Hey, it happens to the best of us! The good news is that there’s still time to turn your summer around and get back on track for fall and beyond. Just follow these 4 proven tips to restart or refresh your wellness routine.
Lose the baggage
It’s amazing how many people feel guilty about their diet and exercise regimen at some point. Like “I feel so guilty for eating a slice of cake / skipping my workout / not fitting into that pair of pants.”
Whoa, pump the brakes! Eating well and exercising are so important to a healthy lifestyle, of course, but loving your body and appreciating small wins are just as powerful. None of us are perfect; there’s always room for improvement. Lower the volume on the voice inside your head that beats you up for being imperfect, and commit to moving forward in a healthy way without guilt, shame, or negative thoughts.
Choose one thing
Starting (or restarting) a fitness routine can seem daunting. Transform that mountain into a molehill and focus on doing just one healthy thing today. That could be stepping away from your desk during lunch for a brisk walk, having a green smoothie instead of muffin for breakfast, or doing a 15-minute yoga routine before bedtime.
Do just one thing every day and taking some time to focus on your health and wellness will soon become a habit.
Let yourself up for success by being proactive about your health, not reactive. For instance, if you’re a diehard night owl who wants to start running every morning, you know that it will be hard to drag yourself out of a comfy bed.
So, set your running gear and shoes out the night before. Put your alarm across the room so you can’t hit snooze from under the covers. Call a buddy to join in on your challenge for some extra accountability. These proactive steps can help push you out the door and on the way to a better you.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
I hate to say it, but setting an ambiguous goal like “get in shape” probably won’t get you very far. Why? Because it doesn’t address the how and when, or provide any actionable steps to start doing today. Instead, try implementing S.M.A.R.T. goals.
- Specific: What exactly do you want to accomplish?
- Measurable: How will you measure progress and success?
- Attainable: How realistic is this goal considering the other constraints?
- Relevant: Is this goal worth your time and effort, and does it contribute to long-term health?
- Timely: When is my deadline and what milestones should I hit daily?
Going through this system will take some time, but it could be the key to making your summer—and life—that much happier and healthier.
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About Julie Turner
I am a movement expert and celebrity trainer with more than 15 years of experience and training in Pilates, yoga, dance, manual fascia release, sports conditioning, and dysfunctional movement correction. I love helping stars, athletes, and busy professionals improve their physical and mental wellbeing so they can enjoy life to the fullest. Find more information about my services at julieturnermovement.com or email me at email@example.com.