5 Tips to Look & Feel Your Best This Summer
Summer has officially arrived and now is the time to look and feel your best. Below are five of my favorite tips to help you get your body back on track and be at your peak this summer!
1. Get Clear
This is your starting point – without clarity around your motivations and desires, you will not succeed. Ask yourself this: What is the experience of being in your body that you wish to create as you embrace summer? Do you want to feel slimmer? Stronger? More toned? More flexible? Enjoy a better sense of balance? And if you were to experience your body in this way – how would it make you feel? More confident? More appealing? Younger? More relaxed? These are simply a few examples of shifts that you may experience, but take the time to find the words that hold meaning for you and that you connect with. Really get clear on what it is that you crave and desire to experience physically.
2. Get Support
Now that you know, concretely, what you wish to feel in your body this summer, the next step is to get support. Find a workout partner who shares similar fitness or health goals – it can be a friend, a co-worker, or a significant other… Make sure that it’s someone that you enjoy spending time with and whose presence you find stimulating and uplifting! Getting back into shape can be a lot of fun and highly satisfying when done well and in the right company. Perhaps working with a personal trainer feels like the best fit. Great! Again, this is about you, your body, and your personal journey to your best self. Focus on how the trainer makes you feel when you’re with them, not simply how they make you look.
3. Get Physical
We all know that diet and exercise are key components to looking and feeling your best, but sometimes tackling both can seem a little daunting. Here’s the good news… In summer you naturally crave lighter foods, which are excellent for weight loss and rejuvenation. In terms of your workouts – start small and work your way up. Again, it’s important to remember that all movement counts: take the stairs at work, enjoy a lunchtime walk, park your car farther away in the parking lot, take a dance or yoga class, go for a run, or hit the gym. Do whatever it is that speaks to you and makes you joyful – this alone will lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and enhance your success!
4. Get Rest
Prioritizing sleep is extraordinarily important as there is no better way to reset your body. Adequate amounts of rest not only support mental and physical peak performance, but it can also help re-balance your hormones, lower your stress levels, improve your mood, and have a “youthing” effect on the body. A well-rested, well-nourished, and balanced body easily sheds excess pounds, develops beautiful muscle tone, and recovers quickly from intense physical effort.
5. Reward Yourself
Life can sometimes feel like hard work. Introducing more pleasure and enjoyment into your everyday is your secret weapon of choice when it comes to looking and feeling your best this summer. Check in around your intentions when it comes to the specific dietary changes you wish to make or the type of workouts you want to do. Are you doing them because you think you should or because you want to? Does your new physical fitness regimen feel more like a form of personal punishment than a nurturing activity? Regardless of the changes you are looking to make – build in rewards for yourself and turn it into a deeply nourishing experience. This will help you reach your desired health and fitness goals faster, with less effort, while feeling happier and more satisfied.
Here’s to looking and feeling your best this summer!
An Executive Health & Lifestyle Coach®, Sylvaine N. Hughson, is the Founder and Director of SNH – The Art & Science of Optimized Living®. As the Principal Coach and Consultant for SNH, Sylvaine works closely with high-level professionals, performance-driven groups, and Fortune 500 companies. She helps her clients unleash the power of optimized mindset, wellness & lifestyle to fuel their peak performance and accomplish their most important goals.
She is certified as a Corporate Wellness Consultant, Corporate Wellness Provider, Holistic Health Coach, Master Transformational Coach, Raw Living Foods Health Educator, FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, Professional Life Coach, Yoga Instructor and Traditional Reiki Master.
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