How to Stay Active and Healthy This Summer
Hello summer, so nice to see you again! Now isn’t about time you pivoted from sedentary cool weather pursuits to active, healthy summer fun? Absolutely!
But before you overdo it, take a look at some timely advice that we’ve gathered. You’ll find tips for infusing your days with activity, as well as a few simple precautions to keep you healthy and happy.
1. So Long TV, Hello Great Outdoors
Dust off your trusty bike that’s languishing in the garage. It’s go time! Biking is great exercise, but it’s not the only game in town. When the weather is nice, it’s easier to inject little bursts of activity into your day. Shooting hoops in the driveway. Taking an after-dinner stroll. And make activity a family affair by planning hiking adventures in your area.
2. Time Your Exercise Wisely
Summer heat can really zap your energy. Reduce the risk of heat exhaustion by timing your more strenuous outdoor physical activities in the cooler hours. Early afternoon is the hottest part of the day, so avoid outdoor exercise between noon and 3 p.m. Mornings are typically cooler than evening. Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of getting your work out done first thing.
3. Water Sports to the Rescue
So, what if the heat is stifling and there’s really no good time to exercise outside? Take to the water! Swimming outside is one of the great joys of summer. Besides cooling you down, swimming has a myriad of other benefits. Whether you are dog-paddler or a butterflier, your whole body will get a calorie torching work out. Plus, this low impact exercise is great for those with injuries and joint issues.
4. Remember the Beach Toys
It’s tempting to hit the beach, unfold your chair and umbrella and veg out for the day. Now, we’re not saying you can’t catch up with the latest summer read, but there are plenty of ways to add a little activity. How about a little paddleball or Frisbee to bump up the fun? And even sandcastle building can help tone arms as you dig and haul buckets.
5. Water Generously
When the temps soar, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. It’s vital to replenish the fluids that the body loses through sweating.[i] A cold beer is nice, but it’s not effective against dehydration. What’s more, it can increase the body’s output, making it harder to stay properly hydrated. Augment that water bottle with foods with high water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, celery, and tomatoes.[ii]
6. Eat Healthy
Yes, barbecues and other summer get-togethers can feature a bounty of tasty, but not too healthy selections. But there are ways to navigate around these challenges. Hit the Farmers Market (or garden) and grab some of summer’s finest offerings including luscious tomatoes, corn, peaches, berries … and the list goes on. It’s OK to treat yourself to a double dip of mint chocolate chip but be smart about overdoing it on sugary cold treats. Try cooling down with a fresh fruit juice popsicle. Frozen grapes and bananas can also hit your cool summer sweet spot, too.
7. Be Kind to Your Active Joints
Hopefully your summer is filled with tons of activity from badminton and biking to hiking and swimming. Remember to heed the signs of overuse by taking time to stretch those hard-working muscles and joints. Go online to find the best stretches for a particular sport or specific body part.
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