In April, my behavior change started.
The bathing suit insert in my J. Crew catalog. This told me it was time for a behavior change — time to get back on that regular gym schedule and start bringing salads again for lunch. While I don’t consider myself altogether unhealthy year round, March did feature an excessive amount of pizza nights that wouldn’t make me want to jump into any sort of scantily clad summer vacation pictures.
But I had a plan. My friend and I even sat down at the onset of summer with calendar invites for a month of healthy gym, yoga, and running nights. (It’s worth noting that this plan was made while sitting at a restaurant bar after deciding to skip the gym just 30 minutes prior).
We did o.k.- made most of the scheduled workouts and ordered takeout less. We had started summer on the right path. This, of course, meant I could afford the increase in burgers and beer that become the weekend picnic norm. After all, I had changed — more healthy choices — I was buying fruits and veggies and playing yard games.
Kan Jam counts.
Baggo, Ladder Golf, and Kan Jam started replacing gym visits- but it’s all exercise, right? According to the Kan Jam website, it “encourages exercise” so much so that it is beginning to be considered in schools as a gym class activity.
For those curious, playing horseshoes for an hour can burn 150-200 calories. Pretty healthy. I’ve yet to find any official calorie counts for Ladder Golf, but I did read that dancing to distract the other team will help burn more than not dancing … and inevitably make the game more fun.
My new health plan.
As summer winds down, I believe that, while I haven’t had Olympic-level discipline, I have been more aware of my health-related decisions. And that’s a start.
So, while I’m aware it is mid-August, I’m recommitting to making behavior change with a new summer health plan.
- Keep bringing salad for lunch. It’s easier to control meal options in the office than at a picnic.
- Play yard games, and dance during them-but still have a regular gym schedule. It’s just better.
- Plan meals ahead. This will help reduce the number of impromptu take out dinners as activities come up and will make you more likely to have a well-balanced diet.
- Try new activities. Finding outdoor yoga, tennis courts, and other activities around the community are a nice way of making scheduled workouts without being stuck inside the gym on a sunny day.
- Take time out. With weddings, picnics, parties and an increase in lake-side happy hours, it’s easy to get into less-than-healthy routines. Make sure you are taking time for yourself
- Give Your Metabolism a Much-Needed Boost (personalcreations.com)
- The Hit of the Beach – Ladder Golf (secretads.wordpress.com)
- Tailgate Golf, New Cornhole/ Ladder Golf Hybrid is a Hole-in-One (prweb.com)
- Ten Tips for Getting Fit (latestnewsfromaustralia.wordpress.com)
- GE Makes Exercise Social By Adding Health Goals To Facebook Timelines (psfk.com)