Wellness

FitOn’s 2021 Summer Wellness Guide

Head into summer feeling light, fresh, and healthy with these tips!

By: Lexy Parsons

Summer is here, and whether you’ve maintained your health at home this year or need some motivation to get back on track, our summer wellness guide will provide you with the best tips to stay fit and healthy all season long! Read on to find out the summer scoop on the latest trends — you’ll find everything from outdoor workouts to no-cook recipes, plus tips on how to prioritize self-care as we navigate through this new energy in the air. 

Motivation to Move Through Summer

#1 Take It Outdoors 

After a year at home, we’ve learned to appreciate the beautiful outdoors and time in nature. This realization came from slowing down and recognizing movement can be exercise! While we love a heart-pounding HIIT sesh, low-intensity can be just as effective. And, summer wellness is here to remind you of just that. So, try your FitOn workout in nature or find other ways to break a sweat this summer — regardless, get your daily dose of Vitamin D with outdoor movement! 

Want to switch up your exercise routine? Try these summer wellness-inspired ways to move your body outside — just remember to hydrate!

Go on a hike, take your dog to a nearby lake or beach, or be a tourist in your own city by spending the day walking around a new neighborhood or area. You can also schedule a day outdoors and meet a friend for a bike ride or rollerblading sesh, go paddleboarding or play beach volleyball, or stream a FitOn workout outside. 

#2 Roll Out Your Mat 

The benefits of yoga are endless — it keeps stress low, helps to lean and lengthen the body (or help you lose weight), and can even enhance sleep! Naturally, we’re adding this therapeutic flow to our summer wellness routine! 

Want to deepen your grounding practice? Practice outdoors! Connecting the soles of your feet to the earth and absorbing all of summer’s vibrant energy can be a transformative experience. Browse the FitOn yoga category and stream a yoga flow outside. 

Keep Your Diet Light & Fresh 

#1 Shop Locally and Seasonally 

Warmer weather has us dreaming of fresh, seasonal veggies and juicy summer fruit. Support your local farmers this summer by heading to the farmers market! You’ll find the freshest produce that is seasonal and full of nutrients. Here are some of our favorites. 

Watermelon, mango, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, cherries, berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries), apricots, figs, cantaloupe, carrots, peas, corn, cantaloupe, avocado.  

#2 No-Bake Recipes 

Use those fresh market finds to whip up delicious treats and meals — no baking required! When temps are rising, it can be tempting to steer clear of the kitchen and avoid excess heat. Here are some recipe ideas that require zero cooking and make a delicious addition to any summer wellness menu!

Smoothie Bowls: Low sugar, protein-rich smoothie bowls like this FitOn PRO Chocolate & PB Smoothie Bowl

Simple Summer Salads: Using fresh veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, and red onion. Try spicing it up with some fruit like mango or pineapple and tossing in some protein like grilled shrimp or tofu! 

Fresh Rice Paper Rolls Made With Seasonal Veggies: Try this FitOn PRO Rainbow Rice Paper Roll recipe! 

On The Go Snacks: Whip up protein-packed energy bites that require zero baking and minimal prep time! Energy bites like these FitOn PRO Almond Butter Bliss Balls will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you satiated. 

#3 Summer Sips

On the topic of light and refreshing, we can’t forget to mention yummy drinks to include this season! Whether you’re keeping it low-key at home or you’re heading to a trendy rooftop for a night out, we broke down what you need to know about alcohol and weight loss here

Looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage to sip on all summer? Consider making your own fruit-infused sparkling water or blending up a smoothie with your favorite summer fruits. 

#4 Indulge in (Healthy) Sweet Treats

Temps are rising, and so is our sweet tooth! If you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming about late-night trips to the ice cream shop or summer strawberry shortcake made with freshly picked berries. Luckily there are simple swaps to satisfy your cravings while maintaining your summer wellness goals! 

Swap Ice Cream For Banana Nice Cream! This dairy-free frozen dessert can be whipped up in minutes and easily customized for any flavor preference. 

Swap Sugar-filled Candy For Nature’s Candy Fruit! When you’re looking for something sweet to munch on, try freezing grapes! They are the perfect combination of sweet and sour and will keep you cool during hot summer nights.  

Swap Shortcake For a DIY Yogurt and Berry Bowl. Keep this fan-favorite dessert low-sugar and calorie-friendly by making a DIY yogurt bowl. Fill it with coconut or greek yogurt and add toppings like fresh berries, granola, and cacao nibs!

Self Care & Connection  

#1 Set Healthy Boundaries & Prioritize “You” 

The world may be opening up, but that doesn’t mean you need to flip your social calendar into full gear and attend every party or outing. News flash — it’s ok to say no! That’s why mental and emotional health is a top priority on our summer wellness guide. And sometimes, that means saying no to plans so you can carve out time for yourself. 

It’s necessary to set healthy boundaries. This may look like limiting your social media time or trading a night out for a (self-care-filled) night in. 

Need some summer wellness ideas on how to disconnect to reconnect? Try meditating in nature, adding cooling and energizing essential oils to your diffuser (like citrus and lemongrass), or creating your own outdoor garden. 

#2 Drink Your Self Care (Hydrate!)

Did you know mild dehydration can occur with a mere 1-2% loss of fluid? On top of staying active, it’s easy to lose water with summer heat and more time spent in nature. 

Staying hydrated can benefit your physical, emotional, and mental health! Keep a reusable water bottle with you as a reminder to replenish your water stores throughout the day. 

Bored of plain old water? Try these fun hydration hacks!

Spice up The Flavor Without The Added Sugar: Add frozen berries (like wild blueberries or raspberries) to your water with a squeeze of lemon and handful of mint. 

Eat Water Rich Foods: Did you know cucumbers and watermelon contain more than 90% water? Eat your way to hydration with water-rich foods! Try adding lettuce, zucchini, strawberries, melon, and tomatoes to your diet. 

Sip on Chilled Soups and Yummy Smoothies: Blend nourishing broths and veggies into your soups, or add a splash of electrolyte-filled coconut water to your smoothies to enhance the hydration.

#3 Travel Light & Healthy 

Ready to Explore? Pack your bag with summer wellness in mind. Here are some tips for how to stay healthy and active while on the go! 

Take SPF Wherever You Go: If you’re spending time in nature, protect your skin! 

Pack a Reusable Water Bottle and Fill it Often: In addition to summer heat, travel can dehydrate you! Drink up. 

Bring Workout Clothes, Even if You’re on Vacation: Packing sneakers and athletic wear may motivate you to get moving — it could be something as simple as a beach walk or stroll to the market!

Pack Healthy Snacks: If you’re traveling in the car, bring a cooler full of healthy meal prepped options like Overnight Chia Pudding. If you’re flying, bring some nuts or make your own energy bites to stay satiated and avoid splurging on airport food. 

Summer Wellness Made Easy 

We’ve made it easy for you to stay healthy all summer long! Whether you’re having a low-key summer or you plan to spend the season connecting with friends and family, savor these sweet summer tips and tricks to look and feel your best.