Now that I have captured your attention and with the summer season in full swim I mean swing, let's dive into the concept of the elusive made-up term "summer body." In my opinion, this term has been co-opted by the multi-billion dollar diet industry to create insecurities about our bodies, making us believe that they need drastic changes through expensive supplements, surgeries, and medications. However, let's set the record straight—there's nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel good, but no one should dictate what your body should look like or when it should change based on the season.
For me, achieving my "summer body" simply means giving it a little extra attention. This particular summer season as I have started wearing clothes from last summer, I've notice they're a bit snug, and that is ok, really. Am I going to feed into negative thoughts? succumb to diet industry unsustainable and unrealistic tactics? or disrespect my body by wearing ill-fitting clothes or food deprivation? Absolutely not. Here are five ways I do plan to nurture my body, which are applicable not only during summer but throughout the year.
1. Prioritize Your Health with an Annual Wellness Visit
One essential step on my wellness journey is scheduling a visit with my primary care physician (PCP) for an annual wellness check-up. This comprehensive visit includes updating my metabolic panel, checking my blood pressure, and ensuring there haven't been any drastic internal changes. By staying on top of my overall health, I can address any potential concerns and make informed decisions about my well-being.
Sip your Way to Vitality: Staying hydrated is vital for optimal body function, regardless of the season. I aim to drink at least eight cups of water each day, nourishing my body from within. Proper hydration supports digestion, circulation, and overall well-being. So, grab that water bottle and make hydration a priority throughout the day.
3. Movement that Matters
Physical activity is not limited to
achieving a specific body shape; it's about nurturing our bodies and minds. I plan to incorporate intentional movement into my routine for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Whether it's a brisk walk, a yoga session, or a fun dance class, finding activities I enjoy ensures that I stay consistent and make exercise an integral part of my lifestyle.
The Key to Restoration: Amidst the busy days and longer daylight hours of summer, it's crucial to prioritize quality sleep. Aim for a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night
to allow your body to rest, repair, and recharge. A well-rested body promotes overall wellness, mental clarity, and improved energy levels.
5. Mindful Eating for Nourishment
Instead of succumbing to restrictive diets or calorie counting, choose to nourish your body mindfully. This means paying attention to hunger and fullness cues, eating a balanced and adequate diet, and embracing a variety of whole foods. Focus on including colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats in my meals. By honoring your body needs and enjoying food in a mindful way, can foster a positive relationship with nutrition and prioritize overall wellness.
So, there you have it—this is my approach to nurturing my body for the summer and beyond. Remember, the idea of a "summer body" should not dictate our self-worth or make us feel pressured to conform to unrealistic standards. By prioritizing our health, staying hydrated, moving intentionally, getting enough sleep, and mindfully nourishing our bodies, we can embrace our unique selves and cultivate wellness in every season. Let's celebrate our bodies for all they do and embark on a journey of self-care and self-love.
What does summer body mean to you? Let me know in the comments.