Summer Fitness Tips

summer fitness tipsHere are your summer fitness tips! Although you may have heard this information before, it doesn’t hurt to get a refresher course in summer safety. I hope these will keep you cool.

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.

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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

summer fitness tips 5K 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!

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Fitness Workouts: Before You Begin

Fitness TipsOk. So you got your fitness workouts. Great! That’s your first step and it’s a BIG ONE! Congratulations! Now it’s time to put it in the DVD player and push play.

Wait! Before you do that, check out these helpful tips:

    READ. Before you do anything, read the fitness and nutrition guides. You have them for a reason. You’ll need to plan your shopping list, take your measurements and weight, and probably perform a fitness test — all before you start Day 1 of the program.

    Schedule a workout time. Know when you will definitely be able to do it each day. Some people exercise first thing in the morning so the day’s distractions will not interfere, others prefer afternoon or evening because they find it hard to get moving early In the day (that would be me). Figure out what’s best for you.

    DO the workout at the scheduled time and STICK TO IT! It takes about 21 days to develop a new habit. If you miss a day due to illness or some other reason beyond your control, it’s ok. Get right back in there the next day. You’re in this for the long haul and consistency is key.

    Wear good shoes. One type of shoe is not good for all workouts. For example, Tony Horton suggests a court shoe for P90X3 because of the side to side jumping.

    Think about your workout space. What type of surface/floor do you need to work on? Do you need a mat? Probably. If you have bad knees like I do, I suggest doing all of your jumping on a mat that’s about an inch thick. It reduces the impact on your feet and knees when you jump. It really helped me.

    Take it easy. The first time you do a workout don’t try to keep up with the trainers, no matter how competitive you are. You’ve never done these moves before or maybe you have, but not in this particular way or intensity level. You’ll have soreness over the next few days anyway. Don’t push so hard that it locks up your muscles so badly that you quit working out. You can’t do that. You just started!

I hope these tips help you get off to a good start with your new fitness workout. There are more to come!

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