While many people long for summer all year round, it can also be a challenging time for some individuals mentally. Summer brings with it a jam-packed calendar of events, holidays, festivals, and disruptions to our day-to-day routine. And it’s in these busy periods that too often, the time we usually dedicate to our fitness and self-care are the first thing to go.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t enjoy ourselves by any means, but in order to sustain a balanced lifestyle, it’s important that we balance our short-term indulgences with longer term care. Just like every other time of year, it’s vital that we make time for ourselves and remain focussed on self-improvement.
Making self-care a priority isn’t something that necessarily comes easy, but it is something that is absolutely necessary for a happy and healthy life.
Here’s a few quick tips for remaining on track with your health and fitness goals, and making your wellness a priority this summer.
Set yourself goals – and be accountable for them
Too often, we set ourselves strict goals in the lead up to summer, only to let them completely drop by the wayside once summer hits. Even if you’ve succeeded in achieving your pre-summer goals, setting new goals and remaining focussed will allow you to reap the benefits of your hard work for longer, and keep you feeling great. Your summer goal might be as simple as maintaining your current fitness level, or getting in even greater shape as the months go by. Whatever your goals are, identify them and remain accountable – decide what you want to achieve and how you’re going to get there.
Get creative with your wellness regime
We call it the silly season for a reason, and if you’re going on holidays or have an impressive line-up of social activities planned, sticking to your regular fitness routine might not be practical (or the structure you want and need). Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and get creative with your wellness regime, keeping it realistic and achievable at the same time. You might task yourself with trying a new group training class each week to keep you motivated, or make time on holidays to do a trek in each place you visit or an outdoor yoga session.
Take time to rewind and reflect
Busy periods can be exhausting and just like our body needs time to rest and repair, our mind does too. We can’t feel 100% all of the time, and it’s natural for our moods to fluctuate based on a whole range of factors. Take time to stop, listen to your body and your mind, and give it the social or alone time that it needs. By pinpointing what you’re feeling and why that might be (am I tired, is my body getting the fuel that it needs?) you’ll be better equipped to take the actions and steps you need to improve your mood and make the most of your summer.
Wellness Director, Collective Wellness Group – Dan Conn
Dan Conn is a former NRL player and one of Australia’s most recognised health and fitness professionals. In 2017, Dan joined Collective Wellness Group (CWG) in the role of Wellness Director. This newly created position was designed to educate Australians around CWG’s ethos, prioritising mental health and recovery alongside a physical fitness routine. Dan’s role as Wellness Director sees him developing healthy body and mind initiatives across each of the CWG brands and visiting clubs to educate, train and support franchisees, coaches and members at a community level.