3 tips for keeping an exercise routine over summer
Summer is upon us. And, after overcoming a year in a global pandemic, most of us are ready to start getting back outside and into the community. This might mean travel for some, visiting with loved ones, or restarting hobbies we had to stop during quarantine.
However, summer doesn’t have to mean that you can’t start a new exercise routine or maintain one you’ve already started. Every minute of activity counts towards your goals.
Here are our top 3 tips for keeping an exercise routine over the summer:
Tip 1: Write down your weekly plan
Each Sunday, spend a few minutes looking at your calendar for the upcoming week and planning what days of the week you want to exercise, what activities you want to do, and when.
Try to block the same time, like 9am, each day to exercise. This will help build the habit and help you stay on track with your routine.
Need help getting started? Download our weekly exercise plan worksheet
Tip 2: Pack for success
If you are traveling this summer, be sure to pack what you need to stay active, like:
- Comfortable clothes you can move in
- Socks and sneakers
- A water bottle to stay hydrated
- Sunscreen and/or a hat if you’ll be outside during the day
- Your laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access your Bold exercise program
Packing healthy snacks in your carry-on or beach bag will help you fuel your body and help give you energy to stay active. The American Heart Association recommends heart healthy snacks like apples, bell pepper slices, or whole-grain toast with nut butter.
Tip 3: Find an accountability partner
It can be hard to stay motivated alone. An accountability partner can help motivate you when you don’t want to exercise and celebrate with you when you hit your fitness milestones.
A neighbor, friend, or even someone who is part of the same local community center as you can be a great person to buddy up with. Let them know you need support staying accountable to your exercise routine and ask if they would like to help. You can check-in with each other however works best for you, whether it be on a phone call or meeting up for a walk together in the park.
Need support? Join the Bold Facebook Group to meet other members of the Bold community.
Have questions about how Bold can support your summer exercise routine? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org