If you’re like me, your summer schedule is starting to kick into full swing. Camps for the kids, tournaments, retreats, vacations and family reunions are special and worthwhile activities. Whatever our destination, we are excited to see the sights, enjoy the foods, participate in activities and experience new cultures with our family and friends. But our new leisure priorities can have a major impact on our normally good choices for proper health and nutrition. Of course, we don’t have to let that happen.


If you’re like me, your summer schedule is starting to kick into full swing. Camps for the kids, tournaments, retreats, vacations and family reunions are special and worthwhile activities. Whatever our destination, we are excited to see the sights, enjoy the foods, participate in activities and experience new cultures with our family and friends. But our new leisure priorities can have a major impact on our normally good choices for proper health and nutrition. Of course, we don’t have to let that happen.

My first tip is to enjoy your summer. This is quality time that cannot be replaced. I believe that participating in positive activities relieves stress, relaxes your mind and is good for your health and quality of life.

An important part of health and fitness success is realizing that you’re human and you don’t have to be perfect. It’s OK to make minor adjustments to your fitness program.

You can do yourself some good by taking a few extra days off to rest. You can incorporate periods of decreased fitness sessions and intensity levels and be satisfied that you are still doing a great job taking care of yourself. You can have a nibble of your favorite foods in moderation and not feel like you have lost the battle. Don’t be too hard on yourself because you will just be adding unnecessary stress. We already have enough stress in our lives.

Please enjoy your family during the summer, show them the world and make the most of your wonderful time of leisure. Remember that you are not making a choice between enjoying vacation vs. staying on your fitness and nutritional program. Instead, you are making a knowledgeable choice — seeing both as valuable parts of your world. I challenge you to make minor adjustments to include them both because it can be done.

While on vacation, your schedule may only allow you to walk, jog or ride a stationary bike two to four times that week for 20 minutes per day. Some may say that is not very much, but I think you should declare victory because you have successfully incorporated fitness into your leisure time.

Until next week, please have safe and energetic workouts, and make it a great nutrition and fitness day!

If you have fitness questions, contact Reggie Grovey at (405) 613-0237 or lifechange@allegiance.tv.