When you think about getting together with friends during the summer, what usually comes to mind?
Meeting up at a favorite restaurant?
More than likely, it’s going to be something that centers around food and leisure, rather than physical activity or ‘working out’.
It also doesn’t help that we tend to indulge a little more when we are with friends in a celebratory atmosphere. If we’re with a group of people enjoying a night on the town or having a party, we’re likely to treat ourselves to an extra drink (or three!) or a dessert that we would otherwise resist.
For this reason alone, summer can undo all of your hard work and actually work against YOUR fitness goals.
When the weather is nice, we tend to socialize more—which is fine. But when that socialization brings more tempting treats and moves us off track from our good habits, it’s time to make a plan to say fit while still enjoying an active, summer social life.
Forever Fit SCV has you covered with our Summer Survival Workshop coming up this weekend, June 10th @ 10am!
We’re going to show you:
- How to stay lean all summer long
- What to eat at pool parties and bbq’s
- How to enjoy alcohol without hurting your waistline
- Quick, easy workouts you can do ANYWHERE
- Awesome recipes to WOW your friends and keep you slim
In the meantime, here are some great tips to get you started as summer approaches!
One thing you can do is be the instigator. In your circle of colleagues or friends, suggest get-togethers that require physical activity. Suggest an afternoon of walking or even a weekend hiking trip. When the main attraction of a gathering requires physical exertion, people are less likely to gravitate to the lounge chairs and beer coolers!
You can also put your fitness first. Don’t sacrifice your daily workout for the party. Even if you have developed the habit of consistently working out, it is easy to get busy and skip a workout here and there because of a busy schedule or a fun invitation. Before you know it, you will wake up one morning and realize that it has been weeks since you had a really good workout. Make every invitation you accept conditional on whether you get your workout in that day. Parties and social gatherings then become a reward for sticking to your fitness routines!
Be a leader. Seriously. Did you know that researchers have demonstrated that if your friend becomes obese, you are 57% more likely to become obese yourself? And if your close friend becomes obese, then your chances of also becoming obese rises to 171%! But the researchers also think that it works the other way around. Namely, that while weight gain is contagious, so too is weight loss.1 This means that as you work hard to protect your own fitness level this summer, in doing so you can also have a profound affect on the fitness level of your friends. Be known for health and discipline in your circle of friends.
Finally, one of the smartest things you can do to stay fit while keeping up with your social circle is to get accountability.
Don’t be a lone ranger.
If you have an amazing group of people who are working hard to live a healthy lifestyle (like we do here at Forever Fit SCV) that can check up on you and hold you to your commitments, your chances of staying on track skyrocket.
Come join us this Saturday and LEARN HOW TO STAY LEAN ALL SUMMER LONG!!!
KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES!!!