While summer might bring with it sun-kissed skin and beachy hair, it can also bring on some unnecessary stress. You know, the type of stress that can make us do crazy things, like trying a fad diet or over-exercising. While it's perfectly okay to want to look and feel your best while in a new swimsuit, getting in shape is about more than weight. вЂњIt isn't just about working out, green juice, and chia seeds; it's about feeling balanced and capable to be able to handle everyВ avenue of life with confidence and ease,вЂќ says Tara Sowlaty, co-founder of How You Glow.
In an effort to get our minds and bodies in shape the right way, we got in touch with three of our favorite health gurus-Sowlaty and Jessie De Lowe of How You Glow, and Caley Alyssa of MindBodyGreen-for expert tips on improving our overall well-being. Our main takeaway? Nothing dramatic needs to happen. As long as you have a positive mind-set and make a routine (hint-it helps to get a watch like the G-Shock S-Series to help you stick to one), you'll be in a good place.
Need more inspiration to kick-start your wellness plan? From staying hydrated to eating locally, these are the easiest ways to start looking and feeling your best year-round.
Set a schedule
вЂњDon't leave your health and wellness to chance,вЂќ says Alyssa. вЂњHaving an eating and exercise routine is vital so you're not left surrounded by unhealthy options or not having enough time. If you know your day gets busy, work out in the morning. If you know you don't have time to cook, find healthy premade options.вЂќ
And Sowlaty has a similar mind-set: вЂњRoutines go hand in hand with a watch-stick to your schedule and stay on top of your goals.вЂќ The good news? The G-Shock S-Series can really help you get on track. Aside from having multiple alarms to help break up your snacks and meals throughout the day, it also has a countdown timer and stopwatch for your workouts.
Add Protein, Fiber, and Fat to Your Diet
Eating a balanced diet will not only keep you healthy but also energized to take on the day. вЂњThink of food as fuel, nourishing your cells to work at their highest capacity,вЂќ explains Sowlaty. вЂњIncorporating protein, fiber, and fat into your meals will keep you satiated and give your body optimum nutrition to thrive on.вЂќ
Our go-to recipe this time of year: a chopped salad consisting of kale, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, roasted sweet potato, carrots, avocado, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Place all ingredients into a bowl in a linear formation, squeeze half a lemon on top, and add salt and pepper.
Hydrate All Day Long
We all know the importance of staying hydrated, but how many of us actually do so? It's easy to forget, but once you get yourself into a routine, it'll become a habit. Whether you have to clock in on the hour to drink a glass or prefer to carry a bottle on the go, keeping your body hydrated will naturally increase your energy level, flush out toxins, and boost your immune system.
Alyssa agrees: вЂњIf anyone wants to kick-start their wellness for summer, start by drinking a massive glass every morning, and continue throughout the day.вЂќ And guess what? TheВ G-Shock S-SeriesВ has a built-in hourly time signal for staying hydrated, so you have no excuse for not drinking your water regularly.
Sweat Every Day
One goal should be prioritizing exercise. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, find a way to get active. вЂњI feel strongly that working out should be something we do almost every day,вЂќ explains Alyssa. вЂњIt should include a variety of movements and exercises to keep your body learning and growing stronger.вЂќ Remember that it doesn't have to be intense-everything makes a difference. If you don't belong to a gym, you can easily go on a hike, run on the beach, or do stairs outside-just find something that sticks and will have you counting down the hours until it's time for your workout.
Eat Fresh, Local, and Seasonal Foods
вЂњA good rule of thumb is that if you can find it at your local farmers market, it's a great option,вЂќ says Sowlaty. Both she and De Lowe say to look for seasonal options and focus on items like dark leafy greens, avocados, and fermented vegetables. Any produce that you can't find at the market can be bought at the grocery store. Another tip? вЂњAlways buy in small quantities to keep everything as fresh as possible,вЂќ they share.
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