By: Mary Richard/Health Fitness
So how do we keep ourselves “fit” throughout the summer? There are all those wonderful barbeques that entice us to munch and drink to our heart’s desire!
And of course – EVERYTHING looks and tastes so good that you have to try a little of each! Right? Yes, those wonderful fat-filled goodies, yummy desserts and drinks (with hidden calories) to cool us down while trying to fight this intense desert heat.
Whenever I’m invited to a “pot luck” or party at someone’s house, I try to munch on a little something before I leave the house - a slice of cheese, a few crackers or piece of fruit.
I don’t arrive starving when I get there. I also drink LOTS of water to help fill me up.
It’s so easy to gain a few pounds throughout the summer months, especially when the heat is on and we don’t feel like exercising. I see so many of my neighbors taking an early morning walk or late evening when it has cooled off.
Walking is always a great exercise. Try joining the “mall walkers” or even an indoor walking track (if you are lucky to have one) in your community.
The summer has just started, but please remember that it’ll be autumn before we know it. The pounds can creep up very slowly and you can acquire added inches to your waistline in no time.
Then it’s the wonder moment of “where the heck did that spare muffin top come from”? And then those wonderful winder goodies are staring at you!
I found also that using my hula hoop (yep – got one!) a few times during the week exercising while the TV commercials are on helps to whittle the waist.
It does take will power to avoid some of those summer goodies, but if you crave something, do try a little of it. It’s better to have a little of it, then none and crave.
Enjoy the summer, eat and drink moderately and you can help to avoid the pounds creeping up!
Positive attitude and good health to all!
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