These seven sensational summer fitness tips will see you through our long summer days, from dawn to dusk:
1. Me-time in the Morning!
Stress is a negative epidemic in our modern lifestyles. Especially for women, who shoulder the majority of house-care and child-care while also working outside the home, volunteering, and helping with older family members. With so many responsibilities, it’s hard to fit in some self-care or “me time.” So schedule that important part of your day first thing! Set the alarm for an earlier 15-30 minutes and do what feels right for you. A peaceful mug of tea? A quiet meditation? Some music? The longer summer days allow for this early start in daylight. And starting with a calmer morning positively impacts the rest of your day.
2. Nutritious Nosh
We all know that a plant-based diet provides us with numerous health benefits. And summer gives us a bounty of local and organic fruits and vegetables to choose from. Think of all those lucious berries and Okanagan tree fruits! Start your day with a delicious, nutrition-packed smoothie. Visit the local and provincial farms, and freeze some of summer’s bounty to enjoy for months to come.
3. Random Acts of Fitness
Our Vibers are committed to their fitness goals, and we’re delighted to see you at the studio every week. Summer is the perfect time to add some “random acts of fitness” to your day. Washing the car, walking the dog, and gardening each provide gentle activity and burn approximately 100 calories. Mowing the lawn or bike riding burn approximately 200 calories. Rather play with the kids? Ten minutes of hula-hooping burns 50 calories. Have some healthy fun! Isn’t that what life’s all about?
4. Healthy Hydration
Hydration, hydration, hydration. This is extremely important during the hot days of summer. Most of us are dehydrated year round. Make a point of starting and ending your day with a large glass of plain water. In the morning this restores fluids, and gives your organs the vitality they need to work properly. And a bedtime glass of water helps with your body’s nightly detox activities. Throughout the day, drink at least 10-12 glasses of water. Did you know that many fruits are 80% water? Along with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes, whole fruits are an excellent hydration food. Grapes, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are excellent choices. Hydration is even more important for children due to their smaller body size.
5. Sunkissed Skin
There’s been much controvery in recent years about sun exposure and health. The trick is to find the balance between healthy, natural sun exposure that provides your body with the vital nutrient vitamin D, while protecting your skin from burning and toxic sunscreen products. Being mindful and strategic is a good approach. If you’ll be outdoors for several hours, then look for shade or wear protective clothing during the peak hours of 10am – 2pm. If you’ve only a short time to be outside, then a shorter time of sun exposure during the peak hours will give you a good dose of vitamin D without burning. Be respectful of your own skin type, and speak to a holistic health provider about non-toxic products.
6. Earthing Evenings
Did you know that being barefoot outside in nature not only feels good, it’s good for you too! Who doesn’t love walking barefoot along the shore, or in the soft sweet grass? “Earthing” is one of the names of a new trend of walking barefoot on the Earth. This reduces stress, and floods your body with natural antioxidants from the surface of the Earth. Cardiologist Dr, Stephen Sinatra is an advocate of Earthing for health https://www.drsinatra.com/boost-heart-health-through-grounding.
7. Summertime Slumbers
Ahhhh … is there anything better than a good night’s sleep? Sleep is so vital to our health and wellbeing. There are several aspects to good sleep habits. Plan to go to bed and get up around the same time everyday. This helps set your inner clock, or circadian rhythm. Schedule the half-hour before bed for peaceful, conflict-free, technology-free activities. This signals your system to prepare for rest and sleep. Drink a large glass of plain water to reduce dehydration overnight and boost your body’s detox and digestion process.