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The 3 Biggest Healthy Choices You Should Make in Summer 2020

The 3 Biggest Healthy Choices You Should Make in Summer 2020

After what feels like perhaps the longest winter and spring ever, summer 2020 is FINALLY here! Depending on where you’re located, you might already be veering into sweltering “dog days” territory, or temperatures might just be starting to pique. Here in the Boston area, the weather has been absolutely beautiful and even in the face of all that’s going on in our world right now, my spirits have been notably lifted.

If you’ve been part of this community for very long, you’ll already know that I love to use seasonal shifts as a benchmark to check in with ourselves and reevaluate our habits. If you’ve been struggling with your nutrition, fitness, or overall wellness in the first half of this year, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to adopt some new healthy living strategies that can serve you better this summer and beyond.

 

If you’re not sure where to start, I’d encourage you to look at your Triangle of Health—your habits around eating, moving, and recharging. With that in mind, these are the three biggest, most important healthy choices I’d encourage you to make this season.

 

1. EAT CLEANER

Clean eating is important no matter the season . . . but spring and summer are, in my opinion, the BEST times of the year to enjoy a healthy, fresh diet. If you’ve been doing a lot of stress eating and comfort food binging, the summer is a great time to hit the reset button because fresh, in-season produce makes eating clean not just simple but actually enjoyable. 

If you can find even just one or two really healthy seasonal fruits to incorporate into your meal plan, you might notice that you’ll feel excited about your healthy meals rather than resigned to them. In my own life, I’ve been enjoying a ton of fresh, juicy, naturally sweet strawberries—they make eating clean during the summer months an absolute breeze!

Learn More: Beat Your Sweet Tooth With Seasonal Foods

 

2. Move Your Body

Whatever your health goal is, moving your body moves the needle in the right direction. If you’ve been inactive over the last several months, increasing your physical activity is sure to boost your energy, help you drop any extra pounds that may be stubbornly holding on, and get you feeling like the best version of yourself.

If you live somewhere where extreme heat and humidity are an issue, it might be important to choose a variety of different workouts. You could try walking around your neighborhood in the early morning or evening to beat the heat. You could look into home workout equipment or Youtube exercise videos. If you’re lucky enough to be close to water, perhaps you could even make swimming the crux of your summer workout routine.

The point is, it doesn’t really matter *how* you move your body. The important thing is that you develop the habit of moving a little bit each day.

Learn More: How to Use Fruits & Veggies to Get More Exercise

 

3. Take Time to Recharge

Even when life is just regular levels of stressful, taking time to recharge regularly is healthy and necessary. However, given the state that our world is in at the moment, prioritizing your self-care at the moment is absolutely crucial.

Maybe you can’t go on your usual summer vacation to unwind this year, but you can look for small ways to recharge in your daily life. Spend time outdoors as much as you can, be sure to get lots of fresh air, and make time for the hobbies and activities you love. Remember: Self care is not selfish. You have to take care of yourself if you want to have the energy to take care of others.

Learn More: This Summer, Take Time to Relax & Recharge

 

What area of your Triangle of Health do you tend to struggle with most?

Let me know in the comments below! If you could use some extra support and accountability, I hope you’ll join me over in my free Facebook Community Never Diet Again. We’re a community of women dedicated to creating better health for a lifetime rather than a moment, and we’d love to have you!

 

 
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