Fitness has become one of my favorite blog topics this year, and I love the conversations we’ve had about working out, food, and self-care (find all the posts here). We’re always taking care of other people, but as busy women, we oftentimes forget to take care of ourselves!
And staying active is a key element in our own wellbeing! So we’re talking fitness again today…specifically, how to stay motivated during the steamy Summer months. Between the heat, work, and vacations, not to mention having the kids home all summer, it can be hard to stay motivated to work out this time of year.
Today I’m sharing some of the tips that help keep me on track.
#1 Pre-Plan Your Workouts
Similar to meal planning, sit down with your calendar every Sunday and carve out a few times in the coming week you can do something active. Block the time just as you would your kid’s dentist appointment or a conference call. If it’s a class, go ahead and sign-up so you’re more likely to stick with it.
#2 Never Miss a Monday
I spotted this #nevermissamonday movement on social media, and it’s made such a difference for me this Summer. It starts my week on the right note, and it always feels good knowing no matter how the rest of the week goes, I got at least one really good workout in.
#3 Meet a Friend & Make it Fun
Friends make everything more fun, including fitness. Schedule girlfriend or spouse time to jog a nearby park, walk your dogs, take a class, or even go bowling (use a heavier ball!). You’ll get some activity in, and catch-up at the same time!
Mr. SP and I have some of our best talks on our long hikes. Plus, we’re both ultra-competitive, so we’re always pushing each other to go a little further or faster. Mix in all those endorphins, and it’s also a marriage boost!
#4 Rethink Your Idea of Workout
Workouts don’t have to be a trip to the gym or run around the neighborhood. Summer offers tons of opportunities to stay active, especially as a family…swim laps in the pool with the kids, kick the soccer ball in the park, take long Saturday morning bike rides, or walk to the donut shop instead of driving. Look for ways to add activity in your everyday. Even small bursts of 10-20 minutes add up and make a difference!
If you prefer more traditional workouts, but feel in a slump, try a new class or work with a trainer. New studios and classes are always popping up, and most offer free introductory classes. Look for something that makes you excited about fitness.
#5 Remember Your Why
What’s the reason you workout? To eat more tacos, expend anxious energy, tone muscles, lose weight? Whatever it is, remember why you workout and focus on the results…that will help get you out the door!
#6 Get a New Workout Outfit
A cute new outfit never fails to make workouts fun! Plus, the right pieces are essential if you’re exercising in the Summer heat! And it doesn’t get much cuter or more comfy than lululemon.
I love the Silverescent Technology in this muscle tank, it inhibits the growth of bacteria so it doesn’t get stinky (even after the sweatiest workout!). It’s also super soft and lightweight, and dries almost immediately.
I’m a leggings girl for most workouts (these are my favorite for running), but Texas Summers require shorts! The Hottty Hot Short from lululemon are designed with extra room to move more freely (doesn’t pull or cling, even in a running stride), has a wide elastic no-dig waistband that lies flat against your stomach, and even has a hidden liner pocket to stash a key.
They come in a slew of colors and patterns, and come in both 2″ and 4″ inseam.
Fit Tip: I size up one in all lululemon tops and bottom, but sized up 2 in the shorts for a looser fit. I’m wearing 4’s on top and size 6 shorts.
Mr. SP prefers longer shorts, so the Pace Breaker Short is one of his faves. It has extra room through the bum and legs, plus pockets for stashing stuff, and a sweat-wicking, fast-drying lightweight fabric. They wear and feel like a running short, but look like an everyday short, so he also loves them for the golf course.
What tips do you have for staying motivated this time of year? What are your favorite ways to sneak in a workout or staying active? When life gets busy or schedules are thrown a curveball, our own wellbeing is usually the first to go. Making fitness a priority has helped me tremendously with balancing work and life, easing stress, and feeling stronger mentally and physically.
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*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Hafner. This post created in collaboration with lululemon and ShopStyle, but all product selections, styling, and Summer sweat sessions are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*