Your Mid-Year Health Reset Button: Hit It Now!

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We’ve just rounded out the half-way mark for 2015! How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re like me, you’ve probably slipped a little since January and that’s okay. With the July 4th weekend safely in your rear-view mirror, now is a great time to refresh and get your lifestyle back on track! Here are a few simple things you can do to be a bit healthier this summer season and beyond.   1. Be Fresh There aren’t many rivals to the natural power of fresh air. Activities as simple as a 15-minute walk around the block or doing some work in the garden will do wonders for your mood as well as boost your metabolism. You don’t need the gym, just get out and be active! Below is a list of 15 summer activities that will super-charge your health. Ultimate Frisbee – It’s fantastic exercise that ANYONE can join in on. Unlike many team sports, no prior experience is required. Beach Volleyball – It’s all about fun and therefore the one workout that never feels like “working out”. Cycling – An amazing calorie burner that’s also lower impact on joints than many other sports and outdoor activities.Man Playing with plastic disc Swimming - Great for building core strength, building upper body strength, and like cycling, very low impact. Running – Can be done anywhere at any time. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you’re off! Gardening – Research shows you can burn a few hundred calories per hour with moderate gardening. Surfing – Requiring cardiovascular effort, balance, agility, and strength, surfing is a true full body workout. Tennis – A perfect combo of anaerobic and aerobic activity that also improves coordination and lateral movement. Kayaking – While an upper body workout is ensured, it’s your core strength that kayaking will really help improve. Canoeing – Like kayaking, canoeing can be a peaceful meditative practice that lowers pressure and reduces stress. Paddle-Boarding – In addition to exercise-related benefits, paddle boarding can also increase balance, making it a great cross-training alternative.   2. Cleanse Yourself the Right Way No, you don’t have to starve yourself. This is just about righting the ship and getting your eating habits headed in a positive direction. For a great cleanse that lets you eat delicious food while boasting fat-burning benefits. Give this healthy, delicious, and easy cleanse a try.   3. Eat Away at an Unhealthy Lifestyle Losing weight and building muscle seems like a daunting task, I know. However, there are specific foods that are key to becoming a fat-burning and strength-building machine. Stick to these foods below and you’re sure to greatly improve your health and fitness levels.Midsection of woman carrying crate with freshly harvested vegeta Muscle Building: Lean Meats (Turkey, Chicken and Fish), Nuts, Eggs, Beans, Legumes, Whey Protein, Peanut Butter, Green Vegetables Fat-Burning: Dairy Products (Low-Fat or Fat-Free Milk), Eggs, Peanut Butter, Fish, Green Tea, Beans, Legumes, Whey Protein, Peppers, Small Servings of Whole Grains   4. Stretch It Out Stretching does so much more than loosen up your muscles. Taking 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to stretch can pay huge dividends for your mood and prepare you for your day. Adding stretches to your daily routine will not only make you feel physically better, it will also make you more productive and focused. Check out these simple stretches that you should be doing every day.   Getting back into that New Year’s resolutions swing is as easy as hitting the RESET button. Just set your mind to a better lifestyle and use these tips as stepping stones to achieve a healthier you. You’re sure to feel refreshed and ready to take on the back-half of the year!

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