Happy Monday everyone! This weekend didn’t turn out how I was hoping weather wise (where was the sunshine?) but other than that it was good. Did get some patio drinking in which is what inspired today’s post: how to stay motivated in the summer months.
When the weather starts warming up and the days get longer it’s so easy to skip your workout in favor of bbqs, happy hours, boats, etc. We live in Minnesota we need to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts! However those happy hour cocktails and apps start to add up and then the lake trips start and maybe we’re not feeling so swimsuit ready. So how do you fit it all in? Here are some easy tips that I use to stay on track but still enjoy the summer months.
1. Schedule Your Workouts
I’m a big fan of making appointments with myself. I get the reminders on my phone so I can’t forget and if I’m starting to talk myself out of it the ping of the reminder helps. Plus having it on the schedule helps me plan my days around it; I find it’s a lot easier to do that than try to cram a workout into an already packed schedule. I use google calendar and I also have a dry erase board calendar in my office because I really like writing things down. I don’t know that I could ever go completely electronic.
2. Accountability Buddy
I find having a friend to check in with is very helpful, especially if training for a race. It’s nice to commiserate with someone when you’re up at 4:30am on a Saturday to get in your long run before the sun is out, so as not to burst into flames on your run.
3. Morning Workouts
I realize this is easier said than done and might not be for everyone. In the summer I definitely enjoy the morning workouts because it gets them out of the way and you’re free to enjoy the rest of your day. I think morning workouts are easier in the summer as it gets lighter earlier, so a bit easier to get out of bed. At least for me, we have skylights in our bedroom so when the suns up I’m up. So give it a try, not everyday to start that will just set you up for failure. Just try 1 or 2 days a week then as it gets more routine add another day and another and another….
4. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
You just got invited to a super awesome rooftop party on a stupidly beautiful day but you’re supposed to go to spin class. Not a hard choice to make. Things will come up and workouts will be missed but that’s life and you’re meant to enjoy it! So don’t beat yourself up when these one offs happen. Again, it’s summer in Minnesota and it needs to be enjoyed while it lasts. Enjoy the rooftop party, tomorrow is another day and no progress will be destroyed if you skip a workout here and there.
Hope these tips help and if you have any to share please do!