It’s almost time to rotate out the winter wardrobe, clean off the grill and enjoy some time in the great outdoors.  With summer just around the corner and spring travel peeking over the horizon, sunshine and sand is on the brain, which also means swimsuit season. A great way to jumpstart your motivation and workout routine is to join a Spring Boot Camp, or create your own. While you’re taking those initial steps to get in shape (both mentally and physically), keep the following tips in mind for a successful and healthy lifestyle change: 

Be aware. First things first, you need to be mindful of your goals from the very beginning. It takes about three weeks to form a habit (healthy or otherwise), so give yourself a break and know that you’re only human. If you can remember to stay focused, eat healthy and exercise regularly, you’ll be on the right path to success.

Change the way you think. You should view your personal Spring Boot Camp more as a lifestyle adjustment versus a diet. Diets have an end date, but a commitment to a healthy lifestyle will continuously reward you when you look and, more importantly, feel amazing in your own skin. 

Practice makes perfect. Don’t lose sight of your goals, make a plan and stick to it. Get a calendar and write yourself reminders to create a sense of regularity for incorporating new habits in your daily routine. A few notes to include may be:

  • Drink lots of water (you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day).
  • Outline your daily workouts rotating the areas of focus throughout the week. Run on Monday, Yoga on Tuesday, Strength Training on Wednesday, etc. Be sure to take a day off and let your body recharge.
  • Plan your meals and snacks for each day. Stick to your list at the grocery store and keep a high-protein snack with you for those surprise waves of hunger (almonds are always a favorite). 

Avoid caving to your vices. Stay away from starchy food (aka. white bread), cheese, fried food, candy, bakery treats, ice cream, soda, juice, excessively large portion sizes and late-night snacks. All of the above is fine to enjoy in moderation, just not in excess. Curb your sweet tooth by recognizing your cravings, and substitute a healthy alternative versus devouring a bag of chips just because you’re bored (we’re all guilty of excessive indulgence at some point or another).

Remember that this is your life, your body, and your plan. If you feel comfortable sharing, let people know your goals so that friends and family can be supportive of your lifestyle adjustment that only begins with Spring Boot Camp.