Summer is the perfect time to get in shape, get healthy and relax. Spending time in the sun, enjoying simple pleasures and staying engaged in the natural surroundings can help you enjoy good health and happiness this summer. These tips will help you stay engaged and physically active all season long.
Exercise Early in the Day
Exercising is good for you, but only when the temperature is safe for intense physical activity. When the temperature gets high, too much physical activity can lead to heat stroke or heat sickness. Exercising early in the morning is the best way to avoid sun sickness and get your physical activity in at the same time.
There's so much to do outside in summer! Hiking is an excellent way to tone your legs and work your muscles. Be safe when you go out. Never hike alone, wear breathable clothing and choose the right shoes for your walk. If you haven't spent much time hiking in the past, walk the easy trails first and graduate up to more difficult hikes later.
Growing plants is one way that you can get exercise while you enjoy time in the yard. If you live in an apartment, grow a container garden on your balcony! Spend time outside each day working with your plants. Digging deep holes and weeding are especially good for the arm muscles. Avoid putting strain on your back by using a rolling garden stool or some other tool that helps you sit closer to the ground.
De-stressing is an important part of staying healthy. There are many ways that people de-stress. Yoga and meditation are among the most effective and healthy ways to reduce stress. If you've never tried yoga or meditation in the past, sign up for a class in your area. Both activities can be more rewarding when they're lead by experts, especially in the beginning stages.
Drink water, lots of water. This is especially important when you're engaging in physical activity. If you don't have one already, buy a sturdy water bottle and bring it with you wherever you go, whether you're hiking, gardening or doing yoga in a class. You don't need to track how much water you drink per day. Just drink whenever you're thirsty, and drink extra if you're out in the sun.