Stay fit this summer with these tips

From Issue 7

Summer is so close you can almost taste it. Just make it through exams and we’re done. Roughly two months with no long nights of homework and countless hours of after-school sports practice.

However, just because we’re done with school, doesn’t mean you should take two months off of workouts. As nice as that sounds, summer is the perfect time to stay in good physical shape. You want to make sure you look good in a swimsuit, right?

Since it’s summer and you’ll be doing a lot of different things, it’s important to find a routine. If you like to sleep in on summer mornings, maybe evening workouts are better for you. If you like to get up and go, you could tackle a workout in the morning. Finding routine is a key factor. If you put off a workout, chances are you’ll keep putting it off and you won’t do it.

You don’t have to go to the gym to work out, either. Take a morning walk to jumpstart your day. If you’re laying at home binge-watching 13 Reasons Why, get up and do a core workout. You can do crunches, wall sits, squats, and more all while your eyes are glued to the television screen.

I know that if I have a day in the summer where I lay around and do nothing, I find myself constantly snacking. The Mississippi weather is enough to keep me inside and in close proximity to the fridge. However, there are lots of healthy snack options. If it’s really hot outside and you want something to cool you off, try eating fruit or yogurt instead of ice cream. This will leave you feeling refreshed and not guilty about what you just ate.

Speaking of heat, spending too much time in the sun can leave you feeling tired. Your body is hard at work to maintain its normal temperature and works harder to do that when you’re in the sun. This can also dehydrate you, so it’s important to drink lots of water throughout the day.

Summer is the best, and you need to make sure you treat your body the best too. You want to look good and feel good. Summer is the perfect time to set a goal and get in the shape you want.