Ah, summer. Rather than ice and snow on the ground, the grass is green, the temps are rising and the warm air is beckoning you to get out and enjoy the season. There are so many ways to get active in the summertime and the best part is your current fitness level doesn’t matter. You can take it slow, go all-in or find a rhythm in-between. The most important thing is that you move your body somehow, and we have 7 ideas for you.
Here are 7 ways to move your body this summer:
- Clean the Garage – After the long winter we’ve had, spend some time cleaning the garage. Take the cars out and clear the floor. Sweep out the floor to get all the grime out. Throw out anything you don’t need and organize the rakes and summer gardening tools. Oh, and put away the shovels till next winter!
- Gardening – Our growing period is so short and those with a green thumb are eager to get out to start weeding and planting. While the work may seem meditative to some, it also provides a good workout. Be sure to be aware of how you garden; you don’t want to bend over at the back. To avoid this, work on your knees.
- Biking – Whether you are pedaling through the streets or around one of our many lakes, taking a bike ride is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get the blood pumping. Remember to wear a snug-fitting helmet and be cognizant of the cars around you. They are bigger than you!
- Hiking – No need to travel to hit the trails; with all the parks in our area, you are bound to find some epic (or not so epic) hiking trails. Pack lots of water and some snacks to ensure you stay hydrated and nourished.
- Walking – Lace up your shoes, open your front door and go for a walk. Take the dog (or a family member) if you want some company, or simply go by yourself and rediscover your neighborhood. If you listen to a podcast using earbuds, please be aware of your surroundings and any oncoming traffic.
- Running – If you want to take idea #5 up a notch, lace up your shoes and go for a run. If you haven’t run in a while, take it slow and drink plenty of fluids when you’re done.
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding – This is a great way to enjoy some calm time on the water. Plus, it’s a good workout. Please wear a life vest, though.
As with anything that has to do with your body, if you start to hurt or feel uncomfortable, stop the activity. Drink plenty of water before and after and be sure to give yourself proper time to cool off.
If you have questions about these or any other summertime physical activities, please reach out to your healthcare provider. And get out there and enjoy your summer!