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Shaping up This Summer

It’s nice to look your best during summer, so I’ve changed the way I do a few things to shape up a little. I like myself the way I am, don’t get me wrong, but there’s nothing wrong with taking up a few new healthy habits. Here’s what I’m doing*:

Drinking More Water
I like to make sure I drink 2-3 litres of water a day. This helps me to stay hydrated, flush out toxins, and keep me feeling energised. I find that if I don’t drink enough water throughout the day, I struggle to focus and my head feels fuzzy. Water can encourage the body to flush out fat too, so I might even lose a pound or two while I’m at it. Bonus! To make it easier, I’ll write times on the bottle, and make sure I’ve drank that amount of water by the time indicated. Then, by the end of the day, I will have drank as much as I need! I’ll look at it as a bit of a game to make it easier.

Eating 2 Portions of Fruit Per Day
I love fruit, and it helps to curb my cravings for something sweeter, like chocolate. I only eat 2 portions per day because eating more than that will mean I’m consuming too much sugar! Too much sugar is bad for us, obviously, so I make sure I control my intake. Although fruit is natural sugar, you should still try to keep it low.

Eating Lots of Vegetables
Vegetables should be in every healthy person’s diet, and I love eating them during summer! I can add them to smoothies, soups, and even just make a salad out of them. I never limit my vegetables; they’re great to snack on if you’re feeling peckish. Nobody ever got fat from eating too many vegetables!

Drinking More Tea
Tea can help to perk us up and make us healthier, thanks to the wealth of antioxidants it contains. I try not to add milk or sugar to mine when I’m being healthy either. Weight loss tea could be an option for those who want to give their weight loss a boost, and green tea can help metabolism. You might think it’s weird to drink hot tea during summer, so try making ice tea instead! It’s really easy and much healthier than buying it in the bottle.

Getting a Little Exercise
I’m actively trying to get more exercise this summer. I’ll take stairs rather than lifts, and walk whenever I can to get my heart rate up. It’s always nice to go for a stroll when the weather is nice! I might even throw in a few classes at my local gym; yoga and pilates have always appealed to me, and I hear they’re much harder than they look. Maybe a spin class if I’m feeling energetic!

Hopefully, these efforts combined will leave me feeling and looking amazing. If you have any tips of your own, leave a comment below for me!

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