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Top Ways To Stay Jacked And Still Enjoy The Summer

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Stay lean in the summer.

Summer's here! The beaches, the pools, the BBQs, the vacations, the road trips, and all the other fun stuff summer has to offer. We didn't work hard all winter and spring to throw our physiques away in the summer, right?

We don't have to! With planning ahead and making wise decisions you can still keep those six-pack abs popping; and bodies hard as long as you follow a few suggestions and guidelines.

Keep fitness exciting!

Don't let working out get in the way of summer activities and outdoors fun. Find ways to keep things interesting. Skip the treadmill and go for a run outside along scenic views. Climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. Join an outdoor bootcamp class. If you're a bit more hardcore, bring some barbells outside and go for some walking lunges around the block. You get the idea!

Less Alcohol, more sweat!

Who doesn't love a good round of beers on a hot summer day. Your abdominals don't, that's who. Rather than getting into the habit of gathering with friends and drinking outdoors, pick up fun summer activities like a scrimmage game of hoops, kayaking, spin class, or better yet cycling outdoors. This way you stay active, while simultaneously reducing your summer alcohol intake.

Plan Vacations Wisely!

Summer's full of weekend getaways, and full-on vacations. Here's where it's very easy to ruin your carefully chiseled physique with a few bad decisions including sugary cocktails and/or ice cream sorbets or whatever your summer comfort food is. Plan ahead. If you're going to be on a long flight, remember to pack protein rich foods like almonds, protein bars, and protein powder or face being stuck with the garbage that airplane food usually provides. When on trips and vacations, you can still have alcoholic drinks, just be sure to opt for the stuff with the least amount of sugars. Rather than going for Vodka Cranberry, go for the Vodka Seltzer.

The Bar-B-Ques!

This one's easy, the food is prepared right in front of you. You should know to skip the buns, and opt for some veggies to go with your burger. Don't look at the chips and reach for the fruit salad and carrots with blue cheese.

We sweat more in the summer. Always remember to hydrate extra to compensate for the amount of fluid we lose when we sweat. Generally we consume 3-4 liters of water a day. During the summer I'd bump it up to about 4-5 liters a day. Additionally be sure to ingest our electrolytes through whole foods or fortified drinks such as Smart Waters.