Summer is upon us and that means, BBQ's, Patios and good times. When the summer heat is at its best, many people choose to grab an ice cool drink, light up the BBQ and enjoy.
However how do you make the summer of 2011 healthy and not gain that dreaded weight that most of us try to get rid of come September.
Lets take a look at a few ways that you can make the summer of 2011 the healthiest without sacrificing the fun times along the way.
1) BYOD - (Bring Your Own Drink) - Alcohol can sure increase your waistline fast. Alcohol provides no nutritional value and can actually decrease testosterone levels in males and increase estrogen levels in females. Your body also views it as a poison which creates a very toxic environment within the cells of the body. As an alternative, why not bring your own fruit smoothie which will not only help keep you cool but will also feed the body proper nutrients in the summer heat. Check out this great smoothie recipe:
Pineapple Mango Smoothie:
2 dried dates
2 cups of cold water
1/2 medium papaya
1/2 cup pineapple
1 tbsp of flaxseed
1 scoop of protein powder (Vega is recommended)
1 tbsp of coconut oil
Put all ingredients into a blender, blend and serve. Makes about 2 large servings
2)What's Your Beef.....with Beef! - Red meat is a summer favorite on the BBQ, However there are a number of disadvantages when eating red meat to stay healthy and lean. Red meat has a lot of saturated fats that can increase our waistlines. As well did you know that there is not a lot of usable protein in red meat? Most red meat such as steak offers very little usable protein for the body to repair muscles after a tough workout.
As an alternative chicken or turkey breasts serve as a great BBQ food. It is extremely low in saturated fats and your body uses 80 percent of the protein in chicken or turkey as opposed to less then 20 percent with steak and beef.
3) Show me the....Vegetables - Increasing vegetable intake has lot of benefits when trying to stay lean for the summer. First many vegetables have a lot of fiber which helps you stay full and stops cravings for sugary carbohydrates. (Like Beer) In addition vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals which are often void in other "summer time favorites" i.e - potato chips, cheesies etc... Lastly vegetables help keep you lean and trim throughout the summer because they keep the blood sugar levels stable. All vegetables have a zero impact on the blood sugar levels in the body which is key when trying to lose weight and keep it off for the summer months. A fun fact is that 12 cups of lettuce is equal to only one cup of pasta in terms of total calories consumed. So eat lots of veges!
4)Step-up to Shape up! - StairClimbing is the best way to stay healthy and not increase your waistline over the summer months.
Because you are moving your entire body vertically which actually burns double the calories you normally would in any other activity performed. StairClimbing also increases core strength and shapes the lower body, particularly the butt and the legs.
Want to try out one of our stairclimbing groups in your city?? Then try our stairclimbing program for one week, on us!
Just click the link above and print out the week free trial card.
Join us in any one of our meet-up groups across Canada
If your interested in starting your own meet-up chapter in your area, check out our meet-up chapter website!
We hope you stay fit and healthy in the summer of 2011!
The Canada StairClimbing Association