Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) before, during, and after physical activity. If you’re not hydrated, your muscles will fatigue faster, and your ability to recover will be greatly impacted. It is recommended that you have 8 glasses of water a day. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
Enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor activities don’t have to be running and biking. You can enjoy gardening, swimming, jumping rope, or running through the sprinkler with your kids. You can even visit the local state parks for a family hike. These are all great ways to burn calories and have fun.
Find an exercise buddy. When possible, exercise with a friend or family member. It’s safer and more fun!
Track your fitness. No matter what time of year, tracking your activities leads to success. You can do it the old-fashioned way, a notebook/journal, or with a fitness app on your phone. Whichever works best for you.
Summer Fitness Tips to Keep You Cool
Exercise smarter, not harder. Work out during the cooler parts of the day— early in the morning or early in the evening. Decrease exercise intensity and duration at high temperatures or humidity. If it’s too hot and humid, take your exercise inside – to the gym, the mall or anyplace else where you can stay cool. Our workout dvds are perfect for hot summer days!
Unless you’re training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of day.
Wear minimal amounts of clothing. It’s not sweating that cools you off, it’s the evaporation of sweat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics such as cotton.
5K Summer Fitness Tips
Earlier this summer my oldest daughter and I completed our first 5K, The Birmingham Color Run. It was a blast! We walked the course mostly, at a fast pace, but added a few sprints here and there. Trying to keep up with a 20 year old was pretty challenging, I have to say!
I really recommend races like this, especially if you’re a newbie like I was. No pressure. Take it easy, go at your own pace, and take a few friends. It’s all about fun, fitness, and a good cause!