We all seem to have busier lifestyles than ever before. We juggle work, family, kid’s sports and activities, family time, church, volunteering and occasionally some hobbies we enjoy. Fitting fitness into our lives seems nearly impossible, but there are ways to overcome these obstacles.
Do you enjoying exercising outside? Then you know it’s important to take certain precautions in the summer months with temps rising well into the 90s or 100s.
Working out in the heat puts extra stress on your body. Exercising and the temperature of the air both increase your body’s core temperature.
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.