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National Fitness Month!

national fitness monthWoohoo! May is here which means it’s National Fitness Month!! Are you ready for Summer? I hope so. Some of you might still be experiencing some carry-over rain from April but hopefully we will all be enjoying some good ol’ sunshine before too long.

Here at, we wanted to welcome this special time of year with a post geared directly toward National Fitness Month by providing some advice that will help you with your fitness goals.

May is the time National Fitness Month because it’s probably been a while since you looked at your New Year’s Resolutions. Am I right? I’m right, aren’t I? Dig into your junk drawer and find that list you put together of all the things you were going to do this year to get your body in shape. It’s Checkpoint Time!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve stuck to your goals or not. If you quit exercising as soon as February hit, no worries. That’s why we have these little checkpoints. :) Let’s go over some of the basic things that you can do to take advantage of National Fitness Month

Exercise Anywhere and Everywhere

Do whatever it takes to get your body moving. Go to the gym or workout at home. Some people like the gym because being in front of people makes them want to workout harder so that other people think they’re cool. Some people like working out at home because they don’t feel comfortable exercising in front of strangers.

It doesn’t matter.

The important thing is that you workout. Go for a jog, hit the weights, or ZUMBA!

Since summer break is coming up, you might be planning a nice summer vacation. No problem! You can exercise while on vacation by running on the beach, swimming, surfing, bike riding, etc. Anything is possible when you’re determined enough!

Healthy Summer Picnics

Fitness exercise is only half of what National Fitness Month should mean to you. If you don’t have a healthy diet, all your exercise will go down the drain. Here are a few healthy picnic ideas for you to consider this summer:

  • Veggie Sandwiches – Easy to make from scratch and even teens love ’em!
  • Coconut Water – this is both a refreshing and healthy alternative to soda pop.
  • Pineapple upside down cake, macaroni salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, and more all a few ideas from a post Gold’s Gym did on Summer’s Guide to Food and Fitness.
  • Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers – That link leads to an awesome recipe on how to make chicken fingers that taste great and are healthy. Chicken Fingers make for a great Picnic dish.

Don’t Give Up

One of the biggest reasons people stop exercising and dieting is because they get discouraged. Don’t let a few failures get you down. You are bigger than that and are totally capable of succeeding. You have to make healthy choices and workouts available. You will never eat right if all you have in the pantry is Pop Tarts and Potato Chips. You will never go to the gym if you don’t designate an hour of the day to exercise. You want to be healthy, now just make it happen. And the National Fitness Month is a great place to start.

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Written by Nate Armstrong