Has the recent change in weather brought a renewed energy to your fitness routine? With extended daylight, warm temperatures, and fresh foliage comes an increased desire to be more active outdoors. It’s the perfect time to add more activity to your life. But jumping in too quickly can lead to injuries that could haunt you all summer. Here are some things to keep in mind as you increase your activity level.
People often think in order to see major changes in weight or improvements in health they need to take up running or jump right into some sort of vigorous activity. Depending on your fitness goals, limitations, and exercise experience, this may not be the answer for you. If vigorous activity is not for you, consider walking. It’s a great activity. If done consistently for the recommended duration, walking can be healthier than its more vigorous counterpart: running.
Eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, specifically complex carbs (starches) such as grains, beans, rice, pasta, and breads, can have both positive and negative effects on your health. The body needs carbs to function; they are its primary fuel source. But too many carbs can lead to increased weight gain.
In college, I had terrible sleep habits. I’d stay up late to study, to hang out with friends, or to pick up the late shift. I always assumed I could make up for missing sleep on the weekends, but realistically, that never happened. Now that I’m out of college, I’m not even sure how I was able to function on less than six or seven hours of sleep a night! Sleep has become the reward for a long, full day, to get me ready to take on the next one.
Have you tried, or thought about, quitting smoking? From watching different family members try to quit in the past, I know how difficult it can be. Even though there are other treatments to help people quit smoking, such as vaccines and acupuncture, it still takes a lot of strength and determination to quit. I was so excited and relieved when my dad quit smoking years ago because I knew he would be able to live a healthy life to the fullest.
Summer is typically a time where most of your free hours are spent taking part in outdoor activities. Spending time at the beach, golfing, bicycling, or taking a leisurely stroll around the block are all great summer activities. But even the simplest activities can become dangerous if you are not careful. In the summer, it is important to stay hydrated.
Whether you’re grinding out the work day until 5 p.m. or spending the day out in the sun, if you’re like me, you succumb to the dreaded 2:30 crash. Don’t mistake this post as an endorsement of the latest and greatest fresh-brewed technology or for that of a wonder-shot toting cowboy. There is actually a great, usually free way to stave off the afternoon yawns. Adequate hydration throughout the day helps keep your body operating smoothly and can keep you feeling refreshed.
Summer is in full swing and that means days filled with swimming, grilling out, parades, and playing outside. I spend as much time as I can outside, soaking up the sunshine and warmth while it lasts. With all this time outside, we have to make sure we stay safe in the sun.
The days of recording your daily calories and activities in a journal or food log are over. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds during the last 10 years with no imaginable end in sight. Nowadays, there is no need to lug around huge journals or to research nutritional menus to see how many calories you ate for lunch. There’s an app for that.
Many people have stress in their lives. There are many signs of stress. How people deal with this stress varies among individuals and situations. Some people enjoy exercising to relieve stress, while others get massages, listen to music, or participate in some sort of prayer. I recently rediscovered that reading helps me relieve stress.