When we hear the word “August,” several things come to mind: the end of summer, kids going back to school, holidays on the horizon. Although we are sad to see summer end, there are still so many things to get excited about! Instead of choosing just one, we compiled our absolute favorite things about this month. We know you’ll love these as much as we do.
We don’t just mean physical recovery. There is a certain amount of mental recovery necessary this time of year, too. After all the vacations, social activities and exploring, it’s an adjustment to get back into a routine. Take this time to slowly return to your normal schedule and allow enough time to recover from the post-summer excitement. Taking a “nice and easy” approach rather than going all-in will keep your mind at ease and help you in this period of transition.
Schedule time to focus on your health. Whether that means going to camp a few days a week and taking the rest as recovery days, it’s important to prioritize yourself. A great way to check in with your physical and mental health at the same time is to schedule a focus meeting with your trainer. Letting someone else know what your goals are and allowing yourself to take that time for you is a fantastic way to ensure you recover from however you felt about summer.
#2: At-Home Bodyweight Workouts
Do you ever feel like there are so many things on your to-do list, getting to the gym every day doesn’t seem to make the cut? Now that vacation is over and you are juggling more things in your life, it can be hard to factor in gym time—that extra half-hour you take driving to and from your workout can make or break whether you actually go. That’s why this August, we are loving at-home bodyweight workouts! If you have a few minutes between tasks, Burn Boot Camp at-home workouts are the perfect way to get your sweat on without the stress of going anywhere.
This 15-minute workout you can do at home. These five exercises are quick and effective so that you can continue to prioritize your health even on your busiest days. Follow us on Instagram so that you never miss a new workout!
#3: Workout Wear
A good workout outfit is made up of two things: comfort and versatility. We love bike shorts because of the extra coverage and comfort they give to get us through the last of the humidity and warm weather—so in Burn Nation, this August is all about bike shorts. Not only are they a style staple for gym-goers and moms, they also protect against chafing and won’t ride up during camp—it’s a win-win!
Pair a cute graphic top with a pair of bike shorts to show off how much you love being a part of Burn Nation. There are plenty of options available for purchase at your local Burn Boot Camp. We love seeing how you style Burn apparel. Pick yours up today, snap a picture and tag us for the chance to be featured on our social media.
#4: Encouraging Others
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the chaos of the back-to-school season. Even if you don’t have children, the close of summer can stir up a number of thoughts:
“I never hit my goal weight this summer.”
“I didn’t have enough time to go on vacation.”
“The holidays are right around the corner and I don’t have enough time to get where I want to be!”
These thoughts can overwhelm us and often shift our minds to focus solely on what’s going on in our world, making us forget there are other people around us experiencing the same things. If we recognize our tendency to focus on the things going wrong in our own lives, we have an opportunity to flip the script and change the way we use our energy, thoughts and words.
Go out of your way to encourage someone who might be struggling or even help someone who is succeeding to keep going! Whether it is at camp, on social media or in line at the grocery store, we all have the power to provide encouragement for others. Your words have the power to change someone’s day, week, month, and maybe even year. Something as simple as a high-five at camp or telling someone their smile is infectious can mean the world to them. Check out how Burn Boot Camp Newport News, VA helps members share words of encouragement with their Burn Sisters!
#5: Meal Prep
Back to school means shuffling kids to school and sports practice, scheduling appointments around work and trying to figure out what to make for dinner with the little time you have left. It’s easy to default to fast-food options to get you through the chaos, which is why we love meal prep!
Take 30 minutes to an hour on Sunday to prepare easy and healthy breakfasts on-the-go, snacks, lunches and dinner. Making these meals in advance will set you and your family up for a week of healthy eating. To get you started, here are some tips from Burn trainers to help make meal prep easier.