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Guide to Summer Fitness

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s easier to get distracted with all the social events going on this season.  Don’t despair, here are some fitness tips to help you stay healthy this season and your guide to summer fitness.

1.Get outside

If you’ve been training indoors all year, it’s time to take it outdoors.  Mixing things up keeps your body from plateauing and there are so many activities you can participate in.  Running, swimming, biking, skateboarding, hiking, team sports are just a few.  Choose something you will enjoy and have fun with it.  Getting some Vitamin D is good for your soul.

2. Wear sun protection

This may seem like a no brainer but is often still neglected.  Wear an SPF with a minimum of 30 with but UVA and UVB protection and reapply every 2 hours. I use Shiseido ultimate Sun Protection Lotion of SPF 50+ and Sun Bum Lip Balm of SPF 30 but choose something which works well for your skin. Sunglasses are a must for me when I exercise. You may need to wear a hat to protect your head.  Wrinkles are never pretty but getting burned is bad news for your skin.

3.  Hydration is key

I may sound like a broken record but it is important not to hydrate only the day of the activity but every day.  Stay away from sugary beverages and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.  Plain coconut water is great for electrolytes and potassium.  You can stay hydrated from foods with high water content such as watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.

4. Get your workout out of the way

My morning clients are my most consistent clients because they get their exercise done before work.  You never know what may happen later in the day due to work issues or social events.  It’s a great way to start your day off fresh, energized and ready to go.  If morning just doesn’t work for your schedule, you need to make an effort after work.  Whether it’s attending a class, going to the gym or taking a walk around the park, these are all manageable if you make it a habit.

5. Have fun

Last but not least, enjoy yourself!  Tis the season to lighten up not only physically and mentally.  Do things that you enjoy.  Walk everywhere and explore the sights.  Go out and play while staying active.  Get creative! I’m sure you can find plenty of fun things to do in your free time.  Life is about balance so it’s important to always make time for fun.

Have an amazing summer filled with lots of good vibes and fun times.

Cindy Lai Fitness

 

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