Summer is nearly here which means fitness is once again top of mind! What are your fitness goals for this summer? Rather than letting your bikini or your appearance be the motivating factor for your fitness goals, why don’t you think of something that you want to accomplish. Do you want to run an entire 5k or sign up for a century? Now is the time to start planning and here are some tips to help motivate you.
Pick an event. Having a specific date or event in mind will provide built-in motivation while you are exercising and training. Pick an event that inspires you! Goals are meant to be achievable and also fun.
Eat Healthy. Set yourself up for success by feeding your body healthy snack options and meals that will fuel you for your exercises and keep you feeling trim and happy. May I suggest these delicious Blueberry Panzenalla Lettuce Cups?!
Better Hydration. Yes, we all know it is important to drink water, but as you start ramping up your activity in the warmer weather, proper hydration will boost your performance AND how you feel. If drinking water begins to feel monotonous, try adding berries!
Set a plan. Don’t be a rudderless ship! Join an office or neighborhood training group to help you prepare for your big goal. Remember to start small and build on your new training program.
Make a habit. Just like old habits die hard, new habits are even more difficult to form. Make your exercise a daily routine and you will have a higher chance of sticking to it. Habits can be a good thing. If you like “to do lists”, try adding on your exercise as part of the list and check it off every day.
I have always appreciated the process of working toward my goals much more than achieving the goal itself. And, once you reach that summer goal, you may even find yourself thinking about what you will do next! Continue your summer commitment and enjoy yearlong health and wellness! What are some of your favorite ways to work out? Share below in the comments!
My name is Alison Tetrick and I am a professional cyclist for Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies. I have been a professional athlete for the last 5 years and have raced all over the world, from Qatar to Argentina, and practically everywhere in the United States. I represented the USA at the Pan American Games, and in 2014, I was 3rd at the World Championships in the team time trial.