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How to Help Healthy Habits Stick in Summer

By Sara Butler

Summer just feels a little bit healthier. There are a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables readily available everywhere combined with great weather that just begs you to go outside. It seems as if summertime should be the perfect opportunity to get healthy. But there are also some temptations in the summer that can sidetrack your healthy living plans. High calories foods combined with sipping your favorite adult beverage by the pool can add up.

Luckily, you can have an enjoyable summer without giving up your health and wellness goals. Here are a few mistakes you should try to avoid this summer to help your healthy habits stick.

Mistake No. 1: Drinking Too Many Calories

Summertime often leads to fruity drinks that contain a lot of sugar -- more than many people often realize. That sugar can add up really quickly and derail your efforts to stay healthy this summer.

To help yourself from going too crazy, try lower-calorie drinks such as flavored sparkling water or water flavored with fruit and herbs. That will help you to stay hydrated without adding too much sugar to your day.

Mistake No. 2: Too Many Smoothies

Many people look to beat the heat with frost beverages in the summertime, but if you're frequenting your local smoothie bar, then you may be hurting your healthy summer plans.

Smoothies definitely can be healthy if you make your own at home from fresh fruits and vegetables, but the smoothies made at your local smoothie bar are in a league of their own. These smoothies often contain a lot of added sugar, honey, syrups, and other sweeteners that can make them pretty unhealthy.

Stick to smoothies made at home so you can control how much sugar they contain.

Mistake No. 3: You're Not Fueling Your Body Right

Many people take advantage of outdoor exercise in the summer but don't overdo it. You sweat a lot more when the temperatures are high, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're working out harder. Plus, you need to make sure you're giving your body what it needs to recover from exercise properly, which includes drinking plenty of water and supplying your body with the proper nutrients. Remember, you need to meet your daily nutrient and exercise goals together, not one or the other.

Take care of your body this summer and the habits can last all year long.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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