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Summer is HERE! And so is the summer weather, so it’s time to start feeling all ‘Summery’! This summer will be your healthiest and fittest ever right?! Check out some of these ideas to get you on the right track

1Keep it FRESH

Choose fresh veggies, fruit, protein etc as often as possible. Get rid of the processed crap. With summer coming, having BBQs are SO easy. Pop some fish, prawns, chicken, pork on the BBQ, with your favourite home made marinade or seasoning, wip up a fresh and healthy salad – rocket, spinach, corn, grated carrot, beetroot, walnuts, seeds, sugar snap peas, avocado, quiona (or some roast sweet potato) and you have a delicious and SUPER healthy dinner! Make a bigger salad and have left overs for lunch the next day

2. Make a LIST

Grab and pen and paper (or type it into your iphone/ipad!), and write a list of all the FUN things you want to do this summer. Great for date days/nights, family days or pamper days for yourself. What about Stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, taking the kids to a new park, or to the zoo, make a veggie or herb garden. Once you have done these things, be sure to tick them off!

3. Stay hydrated

Make sure you stay hydrated over the summer. On hotter days, you should be drinking between 2-3L of water a day!

4. Be a kid for a day

On the next really HOT day, go down to the beach and build sandcastles, or put the hose or sprinkler on in the back yard and just be silly. Laugh, have fun, let your hair down!

5. Think about incidental exercise

Think about all the possible incidential exercise you could do in a day – walk instead of drive, take the stairs instead of the lift, walk up the elevator, rather than just standing there, park further from the shops, if you have stairs in your house, set yourself a challenge to go up and down them a certain number of times a day, building on it each day.

6. Set yourself some target and goals each week & get motivated

Nutrition related and fitness related – think about the foods you will put in your mouth and what exercise you will do each week – get motivated! Try new recipes, try new exercise – ride instead of run, swim instead of ride!

7. Try new foods or some new healthy recipes

Why not try making some new healthy recipes from scratch? If you want some treat foods, what about healthy muffins, or freeze some fruit for a hot day – strawberries, grapes, bananas (add a paddle pop stick) and watermelon are great! Another great idea is juicing some veggies and fruit and freeze them in icy pole containers – healthy treat for you and the kids on a hot day!

8. Get some YOU time

Christmas & new year is a very busy time over the summer, so make sure you make some time for yourself. Massage, manicure, pedicure, sit in the sun reading a book for 30mins while the kids sleep, get a babysitter and go out on a date night, or out for a girls night!

9. Use Lavender to keep the mosquitoes away

Rather than using the traditional aeroguard or rid to keep the mosies away, try adding a few drops of lavender oil to a base oil like Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil and rub that on your skin instead!

10. Don’t forget to be sun smart

Getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is important, but just remember to be sun smart, especially in the middle of the day!

  • I wish :/ I try but having arthritis puts an end to a lot of my beginnings. I do keep to a healthy diet though, but doesn’t do much for my body without a consistent exercise program

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  • This gets me excited for summer. We have a fun list going

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  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article with useful tips; getting lots of exercise and drinking loads of water is my summer goal!


    • Staying motivated and sticking with my goals.

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  • this is a great read! i need to get back into it


    • i have to remember to put the sunscreen on but i also use a tinted moisturizer on my face that also sunscreen in it

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  • I’d like to say yes, this will be the summer! Just need more time in the day to put it into practise!

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  • I hope so, am doing a lot of what you have listed will do more, thanks for sharing, this is great.

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  • Why leave this till summer, winter is pretty good too!

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  • Yes, absolutely. Why the heck not.

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  • I’m preparing for a fit summer!

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  • thanks for these tips, these will be great once I get a bit of fittnes underme and start to ramp it up

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  • I think getting fit in winter is better, it is cooler and then your ready for summer

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  • I am preparing for it now – already in training :)

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  • Some great ideas, thanks for sharing this interesting read.

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  • I can’t wait to get out and about!

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  • I think to use sun block is one of the most important things to do through summer

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