Memorial Day Weekend is finally here! You may not believe it, but we’re already almost five months into 2018! This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, which means that swimsuit season has arrived. That can put your health at the forefront of your mind, so Memorial Day is an ideal time to check-in on your New Year’s Resolutions. Almost halfway through the year, are you still adhering to your well-laid exercise and nutrition plans, or have you found it difficult to stay on track? Either way, it is important to take stock of where you are and plan for the coming months. Read on for some tips on addressing and updating your New Year’s Resolutions as you head into the summer.
What To Do If You Fell Behind On Your New Year’s Resolutions
If you fell behind on your New Year’s Resolutions between January and May, the most important thing to do now is to ask yourself why. Did you get a promotion at work and run out of time to cook healthy meals every night? Did you stop exercising because you got injured? By identifying the obstacles that got in your way, you can come up with solutions to get back on track. Here are a few of the reasons why you might have fallen behind, along with some practical solutions:
- Too often, you gave yourself a pass. When your alarm goes off at 5am, it’s easy to tell yourself that no one will ever know that you skipped your daily jog to sleep in. The same is true when you’re considering eating a pint of ice cream for dinner instead of a salad. If you want to stick to any exercise or nutrition goal, accountability is key. This Memorial Day, consider telling your family or friends about your wellness goals for the summer, and let them know exactly what you plant to do to achieve them. If that seems too public, you can also try keeping a food/exercise diary and sharing it with a trusted healthcare practitioner, like a chiropractor. Knowing that someone else is there to support your health goals can make it less tempting to give yourself a pass.
- Exercise got to be too painful. Whether it’s a major injury or a nagging ache, nothing can get in the way of your exercise routine quite like pain. If you’re not sure what’s at the root of your pain, you may want to consult with a chiropractor, who can help you identify the source and develop a treatment strategy. Another option is to get a regular massage, which can target trouble spots and broadly reduce systemic inflammation that contributes to widespread muscle pain.
- You just stopped enjoying your meals. It’s never fun to make “going on a diet” your New Year’s Resolution, especially when it means cutting out all the foods you love–but it doesn’t have to be that way. With nutritional counseling help from a chiropractor, you can come up with a diet that allows you to enjoy your meals, fits with your schedule, and empowers you to achieve your health and wellness goals.
What To Do If You’re Keeping Up With Your New Year’s Resolutions
First things first: pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated! However, you also need to be aware of the pitfalls that can derail your New Year’s Resolutions in the coming summer months. Here are a few ideas to help you make sure you’ll still be on track by the time Labor Day rolls around:
- Plan ahead for barbecues and cookouts. Memorial Day weekend marks the first cookout opportunity of the season, but it won’t be the last. If you’re going to a friend’s barbecue and you know the menu in advance, make a plan what you’re going to eat throughout the day, choosing just a few treats to eat at the barbecue. You can also ask the host if you can bring along a healthy side dish, like a veggie plate or a whole-grain pasta salad.
- Anticipate warm-weather workouts. It’s summer in Atlanta, so you know it’s going to be hot. Therefore, it’s best to schedule your workouts in the morning or evening, or plan to hit the gym instead. That way, you won’t have the weather as an excuse to skip out on your daily exercise. Wearing moisture-wicking clothing can also help you stay cool, making it less likely that you’ll be tempted to cut your workout short.
Keep yourself hydrated. During the steamy Atlanta summer, it’s easy to get dehydrated, and dehydration can have significant effects on your health, even in the short-term. For instance, it can leave you feeling too fatigued for your workout, and it can make you feel unusually hungry, causing you to overeat. To calculate how much fluid you need, divide your weight (in pounds) by two–that’s how many ounces of fluid you should aim to drink each day. You can also add foods with high water content in to your diet, such as cucumbers and watermelon.
Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness is here to help you achieve your health goals this summer. Contact us today for more information!