There is something energizing about the warmer season, and I always find everyone paying extra attention to their health.

Do you have summer wellness goals, or would you like to implement a few healthy habits?

If you would like to transform your life and stay physical, here are a few wellness tips for a full and balanced lifestyle.

Plan Easy and Healthy Meals:
Have you ever heard the saying “we are what we eat?” Unfortunately, because of stress and being busy, we make it hard on ourselves by going for fast food rather than healthier options. The good news is that you can eat well and have a delicious meal, without becoming a chef. One of the best ways to reduce that evening crunch time is having a meal prepared or one that is easy to make planned.

Be Active 20 Minutes Every Day:
Does going to the gym seem like a chore? Take advantage of the warmer weather and head outside. Committing to doing something outside every day (walking, biking, gardening) rather than hoping to knock out an hour-long workout, can give you the boost you need to make exercise a habit instead of a punishment.

Read a Book:
You can explore different places, learn about people, and understand another culture a little better by setting aside some time to read each day.

Stay on Top of Your Money:
You cannot fix what you do not know. Take control over your finances by tracking your spending.

Turn Off the Distractions:
How many times has your phone taken you away from a really good conversation? Do yourself a huge favor and turn off all the needless notifications. You may find you have more time than you realize, and it gives you more time to focus on the real-time conversations you can have with people around you.

Plan Some Getaways:
Break out of your rut by changing your scenery. Whether it is a far-off destination or just a few miles down the road, a getaway can be just the thing you need to reset mentally.

Try a New Hobby:
When was the last time you tried something different? Look at what your local community has to offer in terms of free or cheap options to learn something new. Some town’s recreation centers are the perfect starting point for finding fun community activities or renting gear to have your own “staycation.”

Set a Goal for This Year:
We are almost halfway through 2019, but there is still plenty of time to accomplish something big. Go ahead and write down one goal you would like to knock out before December 31st.

Ready? Set? Go!

So there you have it! A few tips you can use to shift your mind, get your body in shape, and take care of yourself.

Carmen Keith, MD, IFMCP

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