DON’T GIVE UP WHAT YOU TRULY WANT FOR WHAT YOU WANT RIGHT NOW. PAIN IN THIS LIFE IS A GUARANTEE. THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE PAIN. THE PAIN OF SAME OR THE PAIN OF CHANGE. THE PAIN OF WORKING OUT OR THE PAIN OF REGRET. THE PAIN OF NOT EATING WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT, OR THE PAIN OF THE CONSEQUENCES IF YOU DO. WHICH PAIN WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Summer is finally here. This means vacations, sunshine, pool parties, BBQ, lazy days and long nights. In the South, it also signals the coming of the dreaded heat and humidity. The it’s-too-hot-to-touch-the-steering-wheel days and the it’s-way-too-hot-to-go-outside days. And, let’s not forget the it’s-definitely-too-hot-to-workout days.
So, how can we beat the heat and stay active? Here are a few summertime tips to help keep you motivated to stay active, even on those too-hot-to-move days.
You’ve broken the barrier on physical activity. You started slowly and gradually added more activities to your daily routine. Then, you combined moderate-intense and vigorous activities and learned how to exercise in your target heart rate zone for maximum benefits. So, what’s next?
In the famous words of SNL alums Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon as Hans and Franz, “It’s time to pump (clap) you up.”
Now that you’re comfortable with moderate physical activities, you can begin to increase your intensity. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intense aerobic activity at least 5 days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous-intense aerobic activity at least 3 days a week - or a combination of both.
You’ve been working out hard every day. You are crushing all your goals and haven’t missed a workout yet. You have FINALLY got in the workout routine that you’ve been trying to get to! Exercising every day is great for you. However, everyone needs a rest day. No matter who you are. At least one day a week to relax.
Remember in elementary and middle school when you had required gym time everyday? Remember that you actually enjoyed it? It’s because the gym teachers made it fun! You didn’t even realize you were exercising. This is before you realized that frog jumps were actually just jump squats. If you REALLY had a cool gym teacher then you got to make frog sounds while exploding next to your best friend in these frog jumps. Regardless, it was fun. Why not get a workout in and ask your kids to join!? They’ll love it and it’ll be a change for you. No, I don’t suggest making frog noises if your kids aren’t working out with you. Unless, that makes you happy. Then to each their own, and ribbit away!
A study done by the Scottish Healthy Survey observed 2,000 active participants. They found those who took their workout outdoors had a 50 percent greater positive effect on mental health than going to the gym. 50 percent!!
Another study by Glasgow University found that doing some type of cardio outdoors dramatically reduces stress.
A third study, reported by BBC, found that by spending just 5 minutes of exercise outdoors can improve your mood and self esteem.
Do you get the point!?! Let’s get outside!! Even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll notice a difference!