Key takeaways in this post:

  • Starting with a plan is a great way to help you meet your health and wellness goals and stay consistent.
  • Getting plenty of rest will help you to feel good mentally and physically.
  • Keeping your plans fun and pressure-free helps ensure your new routine is more enjoyable.

Heading into summer is exciting! These months are jam-packed with vacations, graduations and outdoor fun with friends and family. During this time, we all seem to “bend” on our normal routines because why not? It’s summer. The one area in your life that may be the hardest to keep in check is your health and wellness plan.

Changes in schedules, hot weather, child care and vacations are all barriers that keep us from sticking to our health and wellness plan. Try these five tips to make sure you’re setting aside time for your health this summer.

When setting out to achieve any goal, you most likely make a plan first. Instead of “winging it” this summer, sit down and make a health plan for yourself. You’re more likely to follow through with your exercise routine and wellness goals if you write it down. Make a calendar that offers a variety of workouts throughout the week to keep it fun and motivating.

We’re more likely to stick to our goals if we feel a sense of accomplishment. Plan for focused workouts that last 25 to 30 minutes. Even on days when you don’t want to, remind yourself that working out shouldn’t be a punishment but rather a celebration that you’re able. Whether it’s walking around the neighborhood or playing in the backyard with your dog or kids — get up and move your body!

We all dread the sound of the alarm clock, especially in the summer months when we’re supposed to be relaxing and recharging. However, if you get up and get moving, you’ll most likely be more active during the rest of your day. Along with that, you’ll consume fewer unnecessary calories because you won’t want to reverse the effort you already made that morning.

The summer months allow us to change up our workouts and spend more time outside enjoying the weather. Instead of hitting the gym, go for a family run. Hit the hiking trails. You could also include your colleagues at the office by setting up a monthly workout challenge group. Joining one another at the gym or yoga studio during lunch hour is a great way to stay accountable.

While the summer months are fun, we still need rest. Routines may vary greatly during this season but be sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night to feel well rested the next day. Another reason to get adequate sleep each night is for the mood boost. Your brain processes emotions during rest time. Less sleep can cause more negative emotions than positive, so getting enough sleep will help you mentally, too.

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Starting a new routine (and sticking with it) can be hard! Picking out a reward for yourself can be a great way to get yourself motivated to keep going.

As important as meeting your physical wellness goals are, it’s just as important to set emotional and mental wellness goals, too! Some ways to do that include:

  • Engaging in activities that make you feel good, like painting or reading
  • Writing in a journal
  • Cutting down on screen time

There are many different types of health and wellness goals you can aim to achieve. Whether you are trying to improve your physical health, emotional health or mental wellbeing. If you’re hoping to meet physical goals, you can talk with a trainer or nutritionist to determine what type of reasonable goals you could meet during your selected timeframe. This Calm post has some great examples of health goals.

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