Staying Healthy and Fit this Summer PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

Definetly summer is officially hear. Summer offers alot of opportunity to be fit and healthy. This is the season that fresh produce are abuandant and not to mention we are motivated to slim down for beach and summer wear.



Excercise during the summer is best done early in the morning or late afternoons when the temperature is favorable. Start with good cool and comfortable workout clothes which pulls wetness from your skin. Accessories such as a cap and sun visors will keep the sun away from your face. Also have a cool shower before starting your workout to cool you down. Change intensity or activity depending on the temperature of the time you are working out; for super humid days you could go for water sports activites or indoor earobics. Slow down your pace and take lots of liquids not only during excercise but throughout the day.


Delicious fruits and veggies are plentiful at your farmer’s market and grocery stores. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. You can forget about the helpings and enjoy without gaining. Here are some tips on taking advantage of Summer's fresh produce:



1: Soups & Salads- Start your meal with low calorie vegtable soups and salads, it will make you feel full before starting off with main course. Salads can also be a complete and healthy meal. A mix of fruits, greens, nuts and meat can go a long long way.  


2: Watermelons- Who doesn’t love diving into a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon when it's hot outside? From its name most of this fruit’s content is water, a very refreshing fruit to satisfy thirst and a craving for something sweet.


3: Grilled Veggies

okraFor most registered dietitian, a plate of grilled vegetables is a summertime must-have. They would recommend keeping a plate of grilled onions, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, eggplant, asparagus, okra and garlic in your fridge.




5: Low- and No-Calorie Beverages 

Smoothies, sweetened specialty coffee drinks, sweetened teas and sodas -- they all go down so easily, especially when it's hot outside. But the calories add up just as easily, so try; latte, fruit shakes and smoothies blended with yogurt or low fat creamers, and instead of adding sugar use honey.



6: Fruit-Based Desserts


strawberySince our cravings never goes on vacation and your hot-weather sweet tooth can spoil your weight loss efforts. Here are some suggestions to tame those ferocious cravings:

  • Grilled banana sundaes made with low-fat ice cream

  • Grilled pineapple with rum and pecans

  • Grilled white peaches with blackberries and honey

  • Frozen, dark, sweet cherries

  • A chocolate-covered frozen banana

  • Frozen grapes


Now that we have loaded you up with these tips you don’t need to starve your self to look good this summer, just take lower calories than what you burn.  And during the summer months it’s much easier to loose those extra pounds because of the climate, and there are many food choices around. So the next time you go to your local grocery or market, look for fruits and veggies in season and enjoy the full benefit of summer.


Source: Web MD

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