As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it's hard not to feel those summer vibes buzzing. Everyone is more active, out and about, and social. To boost your confidence in a healthy and realistic way for the coming summer season, we're sharing some ultra effective holistic health tips. These aren't quick fixes or unrealistic, guilt-inducing goals but rather, effective and easy-to-implement health hacks that will help you feel amazing in mind, body, and spirit during the summer months and beyond.
Amp Up Your Hydration
This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your health, boost your energy, and support your weight loss goals. Drinking enough water will help you feel fuller longer, improve your digestion, and even give your skin a healthy glow. There are so many benefits, that this is one easy goal that is worth the effort.
How can you make sure you're meeting your personal hydration needs? Try keeping a sustainable water bottle with you throughout the day and creating a water routine. Your water routine might mean remembering to drink some water at the top of each hour and incorporating more juicy fruits and vegetables into your diet, or it might mean something else. Find a routine that works for you and stick with it. You might be surprised how good you feel after implementing this one simple health hack!
Take Advantage of Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
We all know that incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables into our diet is good for us, so take advantage of the abundant, fresh produce that is available during the summer months. Aim for five to nine servings of fruits and veggies each day. Get creative, try new produce, and incorporate what you buy into your diet as sides, snacks, grilling fare, and even main courses!
Make Rest a Priority
Summer is always a busy season! There are cookouts to attend, road trips to plan, and beach days on the calendar. With so much going on, it can be easy to burn out. Make a conscious effort to prioritize your physical and emotional rest. Schedule enough time for sleep at night and don't feel bad about turning down a few social invitations if your calendar is already booked. In addition, schedule in a little downtime for yourself too, even if it's just 15 minutes before bed to stretch, read, or meditate. And if you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, give our Sleep Complex Formula a try. This blend of natural ingredients promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and helps improve overall sleep quality.
Resting is key to maintaining optimal energy levels, but so is getting moving. Regular exercise will help you look and, more importantly, feel your best. If you don't have a regular exercise routine just yet, now is the perfect time to start with moderate exercises. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day can help improve your appetite, problem solving skills and sleep patterns - plus, it's an excellent way to reduce stress.
On the other hand, if you're already a gym junkie, make sure you're getting the most out of each workout. Try natural supplements, like our Fast Lane Pre-Workout Monster Punch to improve your energy, endurance, and focus for the toughest workouts.
Make Time For Self Care
Besides the good habits we already mentioned here, make time to do other things to take care of yourself. Do things that show that you love your body like getting a massage, cooking yourself a nice meal, taking clean supplements that align with your health goals, or signing up for a local pilates class. Allow yourself time for relaxing activities you enjoy like reading a novel at your local coffee shop, gardening, hiking a trail, or getting dinner with a close friend. Remember that you can't care for others if you don't first care for yourself.
Cultivate a Positive Mindset
One of the best ways to cultivate a positive mindset is to stop comparing yourself to others. Instead of trying to achieve that unrealistic "summer body" that is all over your social media feed, set health goals that come from a place of self-love and alignment. For example, you might decide to meal prep and fill your menu with healthy meals because you love your body and want to nourish it.
Another way to improve your mindset is to practice gratitude. Try thinking of and writing down three things you are thankful for each night - even if they are small things. And don't be afraid to limit time spent with those who take a negative toll on your emotional wellbeing. Instead, surround yourself with people you love who support you and all your goals.
And there you have it - six ways you can prepare your mind and body for summer. Start cultivating these wholesome habits now, and reap the benefits all year long.