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5 Summer Workout Tips

By HOLLY DEL ROSSO

Summer is the perfect time to start healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. Fitness should be exciting and fun to ensure you won't lose interest and stop before you get the results you want.

Morning workout

Here are five tips that I've shared with my clients over the years to help them incorporate healthy choices into everyday life. These small habits add up, and before you know it you're living the fit life and feeling phenomenal.

1. Drink More "Fun" Water. It's important to drink plenty of water, especially in the summer when you're more prone to dehydration and you're sweating more during workouts. I like to make infused-water "mocktails" to make plain water more delicious without the added calories of other drinks. Just slice up your favorite fresh fruit and add it to your water.

2. Find a Workout Buddy. Some of my favorite buddy workouts include biking, outdoor dance classes, canoeing and, of course, hiking -- with a healthy picnic at the end! You get to spend a beautiful day outdoors with a friend, and you won't even notice the amazing workout you're getting.

3. Work Out in the Morning. It's a great way to jump-start your day, plus you'll avoid the peak summer sun. If you have trouble waking up and getting to the gym, try leaving yourself a motivational Post-it note on your sneakers and putting them by your bed. Once you get into the routine, you'll be able to stick with it into fall and winter.

4. Try Online Training. Online training is one of the best ways to work out -- without any excuses. All you need is a laptop and an Internet connection. You can train inside if you prefer an air-conditioned space or outside if you like fresh air and sunshine. Here are some videos to get you started:

Simple At-Home Workout

Summer Body Workout

Or, sign up for my online training sessions and check out my favorite summer workouts on YouTube.

5. Fuel Up Beforehand. I always tell my clients to eat a small meal or snack at least 90 minutes before any workout to ensure they have the best levels of energy. This is especially important when your body is working extra hard in the heat. A Peanut Butter Balance Bar is one way to fuel up before a workout.

I encourage you to try these tips, along with eating a balanced diet and moving at least 30 minutes each day -- whether it's swimming, surfing, running or any other favorite summer sport. Always make sure you are challenging yourself and having fun in the process.

-- Holly

Holly Del Rosso is a personal trainer based in Los Angeles with over 11 years of fitness experience. Holly accelerates her clients' weight-loss goals by shattering their unhealthy habits and delivering fast results. She developed the H Method with the belief that changing your appearance starts with changing your attitude. She encourages clients to break down mental blocks and feel empowered by their bodies. Holly is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist, and Zumba Instructor Certified. Holly is a paid spokesperson for Balance Bar. For more of Holly's summer workouts and tips, visit https://www.facebook.com/BalanceBar.

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