Your Summertime Fitness Routine

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There’s more to summertime fitness than looking good in a swimsuit. Increasing temperatures mean more opportunities to work out, more ways to mix up your routine, and more reasons to eat popsicles after breaking a sweat. Check out the following ways you can mix up your routine for summer to maximize your fitness:

1. Change Your Workout Time

Avoid the hottest parts of the day by working out closer to when the sun is either rising or setting. It’ll be cooler than noon when the sun is directly overhead. Also, waking up early and working out gives your entire day a boost of endorphins and energy. A new workout time is also a great way to add excitement to your typical routine.

Early Morning Workout

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2. Enjoy The Season

Take advantage of all of the opportunities that are best enjoyed when it’s hot outside: see if your community pool offers water aerobics, take surf lessons, or explore your neighborhood by foot. There are a surprising number of ways to be active outside.

Water Aerobics Exercise

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3. Air Conditioning

If you are not a member already, join a gym. You can enjoy getting your fitness on inside nice air conditioning. Some treadmills even have a built-in fan.

Air conditioned gym

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4. Interval Training

If the gym isn’t your thing, try interval training instead. Short, but intense, workouts that raise your metabolism and burn calories without the additional time in the sun.

Interval Training

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5. New Workout Clothes

Just starting a new workout routine and need a little motivation? My favorite (but least cost effective) way of getting inspired to hit the gym is buying new workout clothes. There’s no better way to show off your new workout sneaks than to wear them, and once you’re wearing them, you’ll want to work out! It’s foolproof motivation. Mostly.

New Workout Clothes

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Do you do anything different to work out in the summer? Let us know your favorite fitness tips in the comments!

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3 Easy DIY Popsicle Recipes

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Summer weather can get a little crazy! If you’re not feeling like heading to the beach or jumping into the pool to cool down, here’s a way to stay chill – popsicles!

Here are three easy DIY popsicle recipes for you to enjoy:

1. Fresh Fruit

Cut up any fresh fruit you’d like to have in your popsicle. Insert the fruit into the mold and add coconut water. Freeze the mold for 6-8 hours and voila! You have yourself fresh fruit popsicles!

Fresh Fruit Popsicle

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2. Childhood Favorite

This one is the childhood favorite. For this popsicle recipe, all you need is water, different flavored Kool-Aid packets, and a popsicle mold. Follow the packet instructions on how to mix the Kool-Aid packet with water, then pour out the mixture into the mold. Leave it in the freezer for at least 3-6 hours!

Kool-Aid Popsicles

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3. Chocolate Dipped Bananas

For this recipe, I would freeze the bananas an hour prior to dipping them into the chocolate so you can enjoy this treat quicker! All you need is 1 cup of chocolate chips, bananas, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (or you can opt-out and just use 2 tablespoons of butter).  Take the frozen bananas and insert the popsicle stick in the center. Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave, pour mix into a tall narrow glass. Dip the bananas into the mix and add nuts, sprinkles, or coconut flakes to the top. Freeze for another 45-60 minutes before eating it!

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

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What’s your favorite treat to help you cool down in the summer?

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4 Reasons To Love The Lake

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Everyone loves to go to the beach. It is a symbol of summer. People running around in bathing suits, playing volleyball, tanning, swimming, and surfing. However, the lake is just as good too! Especially for those who may not be close to a beach. Here are a few reasons to love the lake this summer.

1. Calmer Water

In the ocean you have to contend with waves, tides, and currents. At a lake, the only waves you have to deal with are kicked up by boats and are usually considered natural ramps for water-skiers and the like. Sure you can’t catch a wave to ride into shore, but if you’re out on the lake you likely have a boat or some other form of transportation to get you back to land. Calmer water means there are more activities that  can be safely enjoyed. You can even open your eyes underwater without getting salt in them!

Lake Water

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2. Sandbars

If you’re looking for marine equivalent of tailgating, look no further than your local sandbar. People love to congregate around these mounds of sand which provide a natural version of the shallow end of the pool. Kids play marco-polo and chase around dogs, while adults listen to music and even grill all out on the water. All you have to do is anchor your boat on the edge of the sandbar and meet some of the other people there. Pretty soon you’re a regular at a sandbar where everyone knows your name!

Sand Bar Boat Party

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3. Fishing

Freshwater fishing, though the fish may be smaller, is my favorite kind of fishing. You can expect to catch something almost anywhere you go. It’s a fantastic place for kids to learn how to fish as well since there are less dangers involved than fishing off rocks on the coastline or deep sea fishing. Speaking of fish, anyone who has swam in the ocean and was nervous a shark might bite them need not worry in a lake.

Lake Fishing

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4. More Activities

At the beach you are confined to the sand, the water, and maybe a boardwalk with some restaurants. At a lake you can go in the water, on the sand, on the grass, and go to surrounding restaurants, campgrounds, and nature trails to hike. While most coastal beaches are closed in the winter, there is still plenty you can do at a lake when it freezes – like ice fishing, ice skating, and pond hockey. There is just simply more to do at the lake year-round.

Lake Activities

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So the next time you are deciding whether you should go to the ocean or the lake, just remember these reasons why you should choose the lake instead. What is your preference?

 

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5 Morning Musts For A Successful Day

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Mornings can be tough, but they don’t have to be! Check out my five “morning musts” for a better start to your day!

1. Stretch

Stretching first thing after waking up has many benefits. Along with relaxing your body and muscles, stretching in the morning also relaxes your mind and improves your circulation. This allows you to begin your day in a calm and relaxed state.

Morning Stretching

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2. Eat Breakfast

It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Even if you are one of those people who don’t like to eat in the morning, try it! It’s important to start the day off well-nourished. If you do not have time to sit down and eat in the morning, grab something for on-the-go like a piece of fruit, granola bar, or juice. 

Good Morning Breakfast

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3. Drink Warm Lemon Water

We’ve all heard that lemon water is beneficial for our bodies, but have you heard the many benefits of drinking warm lemon water on an empty stomach? It does wonders for your digestive system and flushes out toxins!

Warm lemon water

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4. Prioritize

Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the day if you feel like you have too much to do with too little time. The trick is to make a list, whether it be on paper or in your head, that roughly schedules out when you will complete each task that day. This way you can feel more organized and can calm down knowing you have a basic idea of how your day will go. 

To-Do List

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5. Slather on the SPF

Protect your skin! Always remember to apply sunscreen. Wear broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays all year round, especially in the warmer seasons as more of your skin is exposed. For those who wear makeup, you can skip the process of applying sunscreen by using makeup that already has SPF in it. 

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Do you have any ‘morning musts” that you can’t go a morning without? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Reading List

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Whether you are on summer vacation from school or you’re still taking summer classes, there’s no doubt summer term is usually a lot more easygoing than the rest of the school year. Classes tend to be relaxed and the homework load is usually lighter, leaving you with some extra time. In between hanging out with friends, taking weekend road trips, and hanging by the pool, pick up one of these books that are sure to be summer hits and great beach bag stuffers.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

It’s already made box office history by being the top grossing romantic movie. Sixteen year old Hazel has cancer and is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with seventeen year old, Gus. Want to find out what happens in between and if the two get together? Rent it from us today!

The Fault In Our Stars John Green Book Movie

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking for a thriller/mystery? It didn’t take me long to finish this suspenseful story of Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, who mysteriously disappears one evening. Suddenly, all eyes are on Nick. The book switches from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s, which will leave you switching sides every couple of pages. What happened to Amy? Did Nick kill her or did something else happen? Read it before the movie comes out in October!

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Book

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3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If you’ve never read anything by Angelou, now is the perfect time. This book is a memoir of Maya and her brother, Bailey, who are sent to live with their grandmother in a small town and have to deal with prejudice of the locals. Maya later learns of love for herself and to feel free instead of imprisoned. This read is sure to touch your heart as a good summer read.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Book

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4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Another movie set to be released this fall, The Giver is a classic. Jonas, a young boy, is chosen to learn about pain and pleasure of the “real” world which contradicts his seemingly perfect community.

The Giver Lois Lowry Book

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5. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book about the author who realizes one rainy afternoon that she isn’t living for the things that really matter. She dedicates a year to The Happiness Project and chronicles her adventures and lessons learned. Needing inspiration? Rent it with us now!

The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin Book

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Which book will be making your summer reading list this year?

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