BEWARE! Beach Bummie Tummie

6 Jul

Ahhh the beach.  The sound of the waves crashing, the sand between your toes, the warmth on your skin…sounds almost perfect right?  Well it could be! Or it could turn into a calorie packed inactive weekend from hell!

I’m not gonna lie I’m not a beach guy,  but I make my way there a few times in the summer. Every time I go, I’m seeing 2 complete opposite groups of people with 2 different types of behavior – so different it’s like they are 2 separate species. You’ve got the active peeps playing Frisbee and drinking smoothies, then you got the other ones chomping on the largest bucket of fries I’ve ever seen at 9 in the morning.  Okay…what’s really going on here?

Here are my two cents to the Do’s & Don’ts for going to the beach.

What you should do:

Plan ahead: Between the traffic, food supply and kids, you’ll drive yourself up the wall if you don’t got a game plan.
Pack the world’s most awesome cooler: water bottles (I prefer lemon/cucumer with mine), fresh fruits, whole wheat wraps and sandwiches, tuna salad, chicken salad. You’re aiming for lean protein here. Veggie/pita chips are good when you want something to munch on.

Sunblock: I’ve heard that Delaware holds the #2 spot in skin cancer. If you still don’t have the common sense of packing and applying sunscreen when you’re out in the sun,  you really need to get with it. Don’t be part of the statistic!  Many people think if you put Sunblock on you won’t get tan but that is most definitely a myth.

Keep active: Don’t be stationary and lay out there for the whole day (sounds boring already). Especially if you have kids, you gotta keep them active. Throw a frisbee, toss a football, play a game of corn hole, swing for some badminton,  or boogie your way through the waves.

What you shouldn’t do:

Let the concession stands lure you in: I’m talking about the boardwalk fries,  chicken fingers,  deep fried oreos, foot long ice cream & the list goes on. You’re spending more money and packing on the fat! Plus, is that what going to the beach is really about? Eating food that’s bad for you?

Be stationary: Get up and get moving!  Do you want to be that guy that has that horrible tan line because he fell asleep for hours on the beach?  Get off Facebook and IG and spend some time with real scenery and real people, like the ones that came with you?

Carbonated drinks: Bad news bears. Everyone wants to look good in their swim suit they work so hard to squeeze in. Don’t let bloating and gas caused by carbonated drinks ruin it! It has no nutritional value,  it’s processed, it has full of sugar you don’t need (Diet ones are still a no no), and it doesn’t make you look sexy. Period. Choose water or 100% juice/smoothie instead.

Arguing: #aintnobodygottimeforthat you’re here to relax. Keep the negativity out, no excuses!

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