4 Tips for a Healthy July 4th Celebration!

By: StacyAtZeel

american-flag-cupcake-flickr-citeamerican-flag-cupcake-flickr-citeWhether you're headed to a friend's house for a daylong barbeque or packing up for an extended weekend at the beach, make this July 4 th healthy, fit and fun with these four summer-ready secrets from Zeel Expert and certified personal trainer Sarah Ann Corkum.

1. Get your workouts in early.

If you're staycationing or going away this weekend, be sure to squeeze in a 20-minute "destination run," do that workout DVD in your hotel room, or hit up your local gym first thing. Getting it done in the morning is the number one way to ensure that your workout is complete. Plus, you'll have more energy and spunk to enjoy the extra free time! (Reminder, this does not mean you get a free for all at cocktail hour.)

2. Make your weekend an active one.

Plan for activities that keep you moving all day long. Even if you're staying local, you'll probably still be able to take long walks and explore your neighborhood without the hustle and bustle of a fly-by weekend. If you're on vacation, look for nearby hikes, water activities, bike tours, etc. to get the most out of your vacation and burn calories along the way.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Staying hydrated not only keeps you feeling full, but you will have more energy to get the most out of your holiday. Aim to drink one full glass of water after each caffeinated or alcoholic beverage. Your body (and memory!) will thank you later.

4. Keep it honest; track your calories.

I love livestrong.com, but there are tons of free apps out there to help you keep tabs on your intake throughout the day-or weekend. Barbeques and fancy restaurants can be tricky, but as long as you plan ahead, you'll be able to abstain from overdoing your nutritional needs. Trust that, and you'll be just fine!