Summer is right around the corner and there are plenty of things you can do to be summer ready!

Power up your yoga routine

Boost your yoga time by incorporating a mind-clearing scent into the mix. “A blend of sandalwood, frankincense, and myrrh is used by yoga practitioners for quieting the mind chatter,” says Ginger Ravenscroft, aromatherapy expert. Yoga has been shown to reduce blood pressure and protect against or ease chronic pain, and a new study suggests it may help post-menopausal women maintain muscle mass.

Evaluate your pantry

Many pantry staples such as bread, cereal, and condiments like ketchup and pre-made salad dressing can hide a sneaky load of sodium, sugar, and preservatives. Choose condiments that say “low sodium” or “no sugar added” on the label and make your own dressing by whisking together olive oil, vinegar, or lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Refresh your workout

If you lapsed on your exercise routine for a few months, be sure to ease back in to avoid injuring yourself. Warm up and don’t go fast and furious right out of the gate. Take the first ten minutes of any workout to start moderately, which means you’re able to have a conversation while moving. Then, ramp up to a point where your breathing is laboured and you can only get a few words out before taking another breath.

Snack smarter

Ditch the potato chips and reach for ones made of lentils or quinoa, which deliver a bit of protein, fibre, and other nutrients while you snack.

Have seasonal fruits, vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables like mangoes, watermelons, cucumbers, green leafy veggies go a long way in keeping you hydrated, while providing the much-needed vitamins and minerals. These are not only easy to digest, but will also give your hydration levels a boost.

Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.