The heat and sun are in full force as we enter into the “dog days of summer.” Let’s stay motivated together with a four-week challenge! Grab as many elements of healthy living from the categories below to make the most out of this month-long event:

The Four-Week Sculpted Summer Challenge

The most important part of the challenge will be your workouts. Try this incredible routine for excellent results. Each move is made to make you stronger, and the daily sessions are no longer than 30 minutes each. Beginners and seasoned pros can benefit from the schedule just the same.

Grab the entire workout plan here, and read on for a quick glimpse into its course:

  • Week One: Focus on Form
  • Week Two: Go For More Reps
  • Week Three: Increase Your Weights
  • Week Four: Complete An Extra Round

Get ready for full-body exercises as you work through each day of this program. Let’s crush these four weeks, making an impact that’s sure to last on our fitness goals.

Satisfying Summer Eats

Workouts won’t leave the same results if you’re not eating healthy throughout the process. Below, we’ll share a couple of great summer eats to enjoy as you move your body:
Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos
Easy, filling, and flavorful — these delicious tacos are perfect for satisfying the taco craving while sticking to your healthy eating plan.
  • 4 lbs. Boneless pork shoulder (cut into chunks)
  • 3 anchillo chiles
  • 3 pasilla chiles
  • 3 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic (whole)
  • ½ white onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsps. dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 ¾ c. chicken broth (low sodium preferred)
  • Corn tortillas
  • Assorted taco toppings
Step 1: Place anchillo and pasilla chiles in a bowl with a small amount of water and microwave until pliable (2-3 minutes). Place chiles and garlic into your blender.
Step 2: Add chipotle peppers, onion, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt, and oregano to the blender as well. Puree until smooth.
Step 3: Pour mixture into pan and place over high heat until thick (around 8 minutes). Add chicken broth to reduce texture.
Step 4: Place pork in a slow cooker with salt, pepper, bay leaves, and cinnamon stick. Pour your sauce over the top of the meat. Cook on high for about 5 hours, or until the meat is done and tender.
Step 5: Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Shred meat with fork and serve on tacos with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Oil and Vinegar Slaw

Try this tasty slaw for the perfect summer side — and a way to sneak a few more fresh ingredients into your diet:
  • 16 oz. shredded cabbage mix
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Begin by mixing your vinegar and sugar, and then stir in the oil. Add cabbage mixture and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss, let sit for 20 minutes, toss again, and enjoy!
For more awesome recipes for this hot summer season, check out this all-inclusive list from Food Network.

Summer Scents

Ditch the fake fragrances and upgrade your home scents to healthy and natural doTERRA oils — some great diffuser combos for the summer season are shown below:

A Healthier Way To Beat UV Rays

Under this strong summer sun, our skin can burn in less than 10 minutes. This leads us with painful red patches and a heightened chance for skin cancer — two features none of us want to deal with.
Sunscreen can be a pain to reapply, it’s sticky and messy, and tons of brands are filled with chemicals we don’t necessarily want on our skin, either. This is where Bloquv comes into play.
UV clothing can block up to 98% of the sun’s rays, and it’s stylish and comfortable as well. It’s lightweight and breathable to keep you cool, and it’s easy to throw on at a minute’s notice as you head out for hot-weather adventuring.
Next time you stop by BeFitSRQ, be sure to check out our selection of Bloquv clothing. We have a variety of styles for everyone in the family — helping to keep you safe and comfortable all season long.

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy changes the condition of damaged tissue through cellular metabolism stimulation, making the healing process smoother and simpler than ever before. Its light-based method is completely pain-free, even though it’s able to penetrate deep spaces in the body. It may even bring a soothing warmth to your most painful areas as you’re treated.

If you’re ready to give Laser Therapy a try for your new or lasting injury or condition, reach out to us at BeFitSRQ today. Feel free to check out this video to learn more about how the treatment method works as well.

Exciting Upcoming Events

It may be hot, but it’s time to enjoy the summer season! Get out and about with the following fun happenings:
Friday Night Art Walks
Enjoy incredible art and all that downtown Sarasota has to offer on Friday nights this summer. Walk the sidewalk to the tune of live music, take in the beautiful sights, and grab a bite to eat along the way at one of Sarasota’s best restaurants.

Follow along with the Art Walk’s Facebook event page for more information on this art-filled event.

Kids’ Summer Beach Runs

Get the kids out and about with a free 1-mile run every Tuesday this summer! Races begin at 6:30 pm, and participation ribbons are given at every session. Attend four or more for a free t-shirt as well!

On The Lawn: Bay Music Live! With Van Wezel

Head on out to The Bay on Saturday, June 12th at 6:30 pm to enjoy live music from Jah Movement. The Regge/R&B/Soul/Funk tunes are sure to have you up and about. Food items will be available for purchase as you enjoy the music, too.

This summer, let’s work together to make a change in our lives. Let’s get moving with our exercise challenge and make healthy choices in other areas of our lives, too. Our next month’s selves are sure to reap the benefits of the work we put in each day.

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