Summer is finally here and with nice weather people often increase their outdoor activities.
Summer is a great time for working around the outside of the home, outdoor exercises, hiking trails, bicycling to destinations instead of using the car, and everyone’s favorite summer activity, swimming.
However, along with all activity comes extra pressure and strain on your back and body. Today we would like to highlight some tips that can help you stay healthy and happy during the hot days of summer!
Keep the Water Coming
There are several ways to enjoy water – you can take a nice cooling swim or drink it in good amounts or even eat fresh summer fruits like watermelon to stay hydrated.
Swimming is a great option for people suffering from chronic joint pain. It’s the perfect way to get exercise while relieving your joints from pressure.
In the summer heat, it’s easy to become dehydrated and to be at risk of heat stroke. While outdoors, ensure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Water also benefits your body by enhancing muscle function, aiding in body temperature regulation, promoting cardiovascular health, improving skin health, and helps to cleanse your body of harmful toxins.
Soak up Some Sun
In addition to helping your body produce vitamin D, which is essential to your immune system and bone health, the sun imparts several other benefits to those who bask in its light. All it takes is 15-20 minutes a day of direct sunlight to boost your vitamin D to the desired levels.
Sunlight has also been shown to help fight depression, cancer, and even relieve and heal certain dermatological conditions. However, don’t forget to use sunblock – too much sun exposure can lead to sunburns, which are painful and dehydrate the body.
Sun exposure might also lead to skin cancer, so take the proper steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Enjoy Exercise Outside
Nothing is quite as good for your body (and mind!) as regular exercise.
Exercise improves overall health, the immune system, mood, and also helps you to control your weight. We highly recommend stepping off the treadmill and get outside. You can swim, hike, cycle, use a parcourse in a park or just take your dog for a long walk!
For the more athletic, interval training, such as body weight exercises, provides great workouts that are easily moved outside.
The most important part, however, is to have fun when doing your exercises and it will no longer feel like work!
After activities in the sun or working hard at the office, be sure to give yourself a break. Whether you have sore muscles or stress/anxiety, make time to unwind and relax after your work day.
Chronic stress is one of the worst things for your health, impacting every part of your body. Take a long bath, read a book, or treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.
If you have any aches and pains that cannot be readily solved by these techniques, make sure you get in and see us! We can help you get and stay in tip top shape to enjoy your summer activities.
Without your health, you cannot enjoy all the wonderful activities the summer has to offer. Although things get busy during the summer months, taking care of your health becomes no less important!