Hot Tips For Keeping Fit This Summer Without Skipping The Fun Bits

Even the most avid gym junkies can be tempted to throw away their fitness schedules for BBQs with besties in the sun. And as if skipping another workout isn’t bad enough, you’ll likely arrive to copious amounts of delicious food and snacks too. Staying fit during the summer holidays can sometimes feel impossible, but we’ve got your back! Check out our hot tips for keeping fit in the glorious NZ sunshine without cancelling events in your social calendar.

1. Coffee dates on-the-go

Summer is the perfect time to take your coffee dates into the outdoors. Instead of sitting at a cafe, take your reusable coffee cups to go. Walk along the beach, or enjoy a fast power walk around your local park (the Orewa Estuary is a brilliant circuit if you’re local!). Alternatively, celebrate your morning efforts with coffee (and a big breakfast!) after you’ve just finished up a Park Run, morning bike ride or outdoor yoga class. You’ll often find Forty Thieves owners; Brent & Shyr at the Millwater Park Run (Saturdays at 8am) or at Beach Yoga in Stanmore Bay. (Saturdays from 9am-10am.)

2. Get wet, wet, wet

Now that the ocean water temperature is rising steadily towards 20º C, there aren’t many good excuses for not diving in. Love the waves? Now’s the time to improve your surfing, boogie boarding or body surfing. Each will give you an all-body workout while keeping you cool. Prefer a sheltered bay to the open seas? We love SUP-boarding for a strong core, and kayaking or canoeing for your strengthening your back and arms. If you don’t want to fork out on new gear or gear-hire, practice your freestyle or backstroke next time you’re in the water. Even just a couple of laps will get your heart pumping. If you’re hitting up beaches on the Hibiscus Coast, we’ve got you sorted with top tips on where to go and what to eat.

3. Food prep for the win

Potlucks and BYO BBQs are what many of us hold out for all year long. It’s the classic Kiwi summer dinner. If you’re asked to bring a plate, choose a healthy recipe. How about a loaf of wholemeal bread, with a side of delicious Almond Garlicky Pesto, or vegetable skewers covered in our famous Satay Dipping Sauce. And for dessert? Impress your friends and family with Forty Thieves Peanut Butter Cups, or a tasty Choc Raspberry Brownie. Think colourful, fresh salads, naturally sweetened raw slices, and fresh fruit platters. If you’re off on a road trip or tiki-tour, grab your fav jar of  Forty Thieves Nut Butter for a high-protein snack. Try with celery, carrot, cucumber, and capsicum sticks, or grab a loaf of seed and nut bread from your local bakery to spread till your heart’s content.

4. Keep’n it real

Be realistic: if your usual workout routine is 5 sessions a week, aim towards 3-4 shorter workouts during your summer break. If you didn’t exercise regularly in 2018, the new year is a great time to get moving. Start with fitness-related catch ups and short walks and create some realistic goals to work towards. Try writing out some positive affirmations and sticking them on the fridge, bathroom mirror or by your bedside table as constant (friendly!) reminders for why you love to stay healthy.

5. Better, together

Accountability is the key to success. Find yourself an exercise buddy who lives close to you, and has roughly the same level of fitness. Map out your realistic routine together, and hold each other accountable. If someone else is watching, chances are, you’re more likely to get out of bed after a late night, and chuck on your running shoes! Alternatively, gather a group together and tackle a local tramping route. Pick a mountain track for the ultimate reward; an epic view from the top!

Summer is the ideal time to unwind, let your hair down, and spend time with friends and family. Regardless of the time of year, it’s always important to stay fit, and summertime is no exception. Stay active this summer by planning fitness related catchups, choosing to eat healthy, sticking to routines, adjusting expectations, and finding an exercise buddy. Keep this up, and you’ll be flying through the New Year!

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