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Shaping Up For Summer

  Remember your New Year’s resolutions? We’re mid-year now and where are we with those? For those of us who have lost our January motivation, the summer season can get you back into the groove.

Setting a goal to be more active at work is a great resolution to start in the summer. Spending time creating a fun workout plan and cooking healthy meals can help you reach a summer goal to live a healthier lifestyle. Whether wanting to shed a few pounds or simply become more active, create a plan that is realistic to your work schedule.

Here are three easy ways to keep active at work so you stay healthy and happy at home:

Morning workouts: Early birds get the best elliptical! For anyone who wants to start the work day off with a boost of energy, get to the gym before work, take the dog for a walk, or do a 20-minute yoga routine. Relieve stress and gain an energy boost before a big meeting by running or walking a couple miles. Exercising in the morning releases endorphins that supply your body with energy all day. Let a quick trip to the gym wake you up instead of relying on the espresso.

Bringing lunch: Expand your cooking skills by testing out different healthy recipes. Bring a fresh lunch to work rather than buying fast-food – it saves on the money and calories. If running low on time and it’s impossible to make a lunch, try walking to your lunch spot instead of getting food delivered. It is a great and active way to spend your lunch break. Remember, little things can create big changes.

Drink water: Water is vital to every human body. Staying hydrated fights fatigue, illness and increases metabolism. Read this great post by our colleague, Lauren Lamutt, on “Hydration Motivation.” This may be the easiest way to healthy summer living. Keep a water bottle or BPA-free plastic cup on your desk and bring it wherever you go. Water is easily accessible, so refill as often as needed. Staying hydrated increases our ability to concentrate during the workday and maintain the energy from your morning workout.

Commit to a healthy lifestyle this summer and see how much progress you make by the end of the year. Implementing these tips at work can make a huge difference in your mood, memory, and productivity in the office. From delicious lunch recipes to weekly workout routines, use this summer to become your best, healthiest self.


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