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5 Health Goals to Tackle This Summer

During the summer, it’s common to focus on how you look in a swimsuit. But since it’s always healthier to focus on your health, and how you feel overall, we urge you to consider setting these five goals this summer. They will have you feeling better – and yes, looking better – because these are some of the best things you can do to improve your health.

Break up with sugar. Sugar is not just a terrible additive in food, adding calories and contributing to food decay. As if those effects aren’t bad enough, sugar actually behaves very much like a drug within your body! After the initial sugar “high” wears off, your energy crashes, and chemicals in your brain trigger cravings for more sugar. Dumping sugar is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health. Keep in mind that you will experience cravings for a few weeks, but gradually your taste buds (and your brain) will adjust.

Set a fruit and veggie quota, too. This is a sneaky, but effective trick. Rather than focusing on what you can’t eat, it focuses on what you have to eat each day! Decide that you’re going to eat a certain number of servings of fresh fruits and veggies, and hit up your local farmer’s market for great deals.

Sign up for a new class. You’ve been secretly curious about Pilates, or Zumba, or maybe one of those boot camp classes. Now is the time to sign up. Commit to it, and pay the full fee, so that  you can’t back out.

Set a daily walking quota. Choose a number of steps or miles, or simply designate a particular time for walking each day. Use a fitness tracker or an app on your cell phone to keep yourself accountable.

Set a long-term fitness goal, and start working toward it. Maybe you want to compete in a charity walk or run, or you just want to succeed at something personally (like bench pressing a certain amount of weight). Choose something meaningful to you, and you’re more likely to stick with it.

Of course, if weight loss is your goal, remember that we’re here for you. Come see us, and we can get you started on a weight loss program that is safe, effective, and provides lasting results under the supervision of a qualified physician.