This week, we're inspired by our Hammer Charm, representing the hard work needed to accomplish your goals!
After hibernating throughout the winter, some may find it difficult to feel the motivation to get back to some regular exercise. But stick with it! One of the best things about summer is the endless amount of possibilities for different outdoor sports and activities.
As someone who despises working out (the idea of my couch and a bag of chips is sooooooo alluring), I've challenged myself to get out and try getting as much outdoor activity as possible this summer. Here's some tips so keep yourself fit and having some fun!
1. Create a Calendar Chart
There's nothing more affirming than seeing a plan you've had written down for the past few days. Get yourself a simple calendar, write down exactly what you're planning on achieving that day and when, and stick to it. Try and have everything planned out a week in advance!
2. Be Aware Of The Weather
If you're a Montreal-dweller like me, you're probably well aware of how hot it gets here in the summer. The Weather Network even put out a warning this week notifying about temperatures going up to around 40 degrees! On days like that, pushing yourself physically just isn't worth it. Stick to air-conditioned buildings, or just do some easy stretches at home!
3. Keep Up A Healthy Diet
Yeah, yeah, this seems like an obvious one, but it's remarkable how much of a difference I've found by having a much healthier snacking diet, and eating certain foods at certain times. For example: try to avoid anything with caffeine before working out! It's one of the biggest dehydrating factors. Aim for salads, fresh fruit, power bars and more.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
An obvious tip is to keep drinking water, but many people don't realize how important it truly is, and that it's even possible to overdo it. Make sure you have cool water always within reach and drink every 15 minutes. Other snacks that are great for hydration include watermelon, cucumber, and celery.
5. Listen To Your Body
Feeling dizzy? Stop what you're doing and get some water. Is your back hurting from running up Mont Royal? Time to take a break. It's important to know the difference between good pain and bad pain, so always put your comfort and health above the amount of exercise you're getting.
And with that, I wish you good luck on your summer workout routine! In the meantime, I'll be hiding out in my apartment, waiting for the heatwave to die down...
- Fraser (Communications Coordinator at WLD)