YogaBeachIt’s official: Summer is here whether you are ready or not.

If you’ve been working out in anticipation of the arrival of June 21 and warm weather, congratulations. Keep up the great work.

If not, don’t worry. It’s never too late to start reaping the rewards of a healthy lifestyle. Kick-start your summer shape-up today with these six tips.

Lighten up your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.

The season’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables makes it easy to create light but satisfying meals. In general, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend adults consumer two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. Calculate the amount of fruits and veggies YOU need here.

Make the most of daylight savings time and warm weather.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, but there are plenty more to follow. Take advantage of the extra daylight and sunny weather to squeeze in time for a walk after dinner or dine al fresco.

Enjoy alcoholic beverages in moderation.

Hot summer days can create a powerful thirst, but alcoholic beverages are a poor choice to quench that need for liquids. Being out in the sun can also increase the effects of drinking so play it safe. Stay hydrated with water, ice tea and fruit juice. Save cocktails for a special occasion, and when you do indulge, choose a wine spritzer, sangria or beer.

Focus on the physical.

There’s nothing like the mental and physical high of a great workout. Dedicate some time to breaking a sweat and getting in touch with your body by engaging in physically-demanding activities such as gardening, hiking, biking or canoeing.

Relax and have fun.

Although summer may not truly be any less busy for you than the rest of the year, tap into the lazy days of summer philosophy. Make time to socialize, rest, and relax. Schedule activities with families and friends. Cultivating a positive mindset is critical for a balanced, healthy lifestyle.

Disconnect from technology.

Summertime provides an opportunity to “get back to basics.” Get outdoors and enjoy the simple pleasures of life: fresh fruits and vegetables as part of light, flavorful fare; strengthening and toning your body; nurturing positive relationships; and taking care of your mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

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