In the spring I have no problems getting in shape. The days are longer and it's warming up-both of which make it easier for me to ramp up my running routine outside. And those delicious spring veggies at the farmers' market motivate me to trade a few of my favorite comfort foods for a heaping plate of garden-fresh salad. ( Get inspired with these delicious salad recipes.)But come summer I find it harder to motivate and stay in shape. The weather is hotter and more humid and so I'd rather skip my after-work exercise for a sunset sail on the lake or an easy potluck dinner and a few summery cocktails with friends.To stay in tip-top shape for the rest of the season, I add exercise to my day in unexpected ways:

  1. Use the "5 & 10" rule for escalators and elevators: I take the stairs if I only need to go up five floors or less or down 10 floors or less.
  2. Walk to errands less than a mile away. (You can bike too!)
  3. Do my own gardening and housecleaning-it burns calories and saves money.
  4. Multitask-do crunches and push-ups while watching TV.