Go for a non-negotiable daily walk
We’ve all heard the health benefits of walking, right? So how often do you walk for exercise? Given that this simple activity can boost creativity, rev up metabolism, and helps you look younger, making this a daily habit is the best thing you can do for yourself this summer. A Duke University study found that 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain in most people who lead sedentary lives. This summer try walking for 45 minutes per day (approximately three miles), which would give you an easy 300-calorie deficit. Think you don’t have 45 minutes to walk? Try getting your movement in while your kids ride bikes around the neighborhood; or you can set your alarm early to get in a walk before work. While you walk, you can even use the time to make phone calls or catch up on a podcast. Check out these 18 tips by trainers to get you slim for summer.
Two words: Vacation sex.
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Planning a vacation this summer? According to the U.S. Travel Association, one-third of all leisure travelers say they have more sex while on vacation. Psychology Today reported that a study published in the Journal of Personal Relationships found that overall intimacy increases when couples engage in new activities together. On vacation, this could mean sightseeing, parasailing, or trying new foods together. The trick is that both partners must find the new experience to be exciting. Not planning any particular adventures this summer? You’re in luck because according to a new survey reported in Shape, July and August are the most popular months for sex. Need proof? Check out the real reason your sex drive spikes in the summer. Thank you, summer.
Plan to eat seasonal produce
Eating seasonal produce can mean more flavor, nutrition, and variety. Summer food, in particular, offers plenty of health benefits. At the farmer’s market, consider picking up thirst-quenching watermelon, potassium-packed apricots, or fiber-rich zucchini. These items are just three options on this must-read list of summer foods that are good for you. Better yet, make it a plan to eat certain healthy foods. Take a look at what’s ripe—eat berries as a snack for one week and peaches the next. As reported in Allure, research suggests that making food choices in advance can increase your likelihood of sticking with your diet goals. Before you go grocery shopping, you have to check out this list of healthy summer fruits and new healthy summer recipes that reduce fat.