Here we are in the midst of summer, vacationing, enjoying the outdoors, and having fun! It’s the time of year for family get-togethers, late nights and barbecues, but don’t forget, warm weather calls for extra care. During this time of year, we often get so busy that we forget about the basics, like drinking water, exercising and keeping to a regular wellness regimen.
Keeping up with your routine all year can help you reap some amazing benefits. Let's take a look at a few areas you should focus on for optimum summertime success!
Water, Water and Water!
Have you been paying attention to your hydration levels lately? If wellness is a priority for you, drinking enough water should be too. The recommended amount for daily water intake used to be eight 8-ounce glasses or 2 liters of H20. However, many experts say this is no longer the standard and that the amount you need to consume depends on your weight, activity level, and environment.
If you exercise or work up a sweat doing any activity, don’t forget to drink extra water to make up for the loss of fluid. Not only is it necessary to drink water before a workout, but it’s also imperative that you hydrate during and after your workout. If you want to find out how many glasses you need each day, you can try this calculator we found on body building or you can check out this nifty chart.
If you have a hard time drinking plain water, try mixing it up by adding fresh fruit! You can get creative and come up with your blend (Strawberries + Pineapple = Super Summery!), or you can try a classic like lemons at first.
Keep to Your Fitness Routine When Possible
Family vacations and beach parties may make it a challenge to keep up with your regular fitness routine, but it's never too late to get back on track. If you've kept up with a steady regimen for most the of the year, see what you can do to stick to it. It's totally fine to modify your routine when needed, doing something is better than doing nothing! Even if you miss a day here or there, you will be thankful that you kept your wellness at the top of your priority list when summer is over.
Detox, Relax and Relieve with Infrared
We know, it's hot outside, and infrared heat is, well, heat! Though you may be working up a sweat doing outdoor activities, it’s simply not the same as the sweat produced with infrared. During full body infrared immersion, the body’s core temperature is raised, which stimulates sweat production and allows the body to release toxins through the sweat glands. “During an infrared session, the body can release up to 20% fats and toxins,” explains Dr. Aaron Flickstein, FIT Bodywrap’s Clinical Director, “During traditional exercise the body typically releases about 3-5% fats and toxins.” If you’ve indulged in treats, sweets, and drinks this summer, a little detoxification may be just the ticket.
For most of us, it’s not all fun in the sun this time of year. Traveling and long days can begin to take a toll on our bodies. Infrared sessions can induce deep relaxation and work to soothe sore muscles so you can take a mini vacation after your vacation. Infrared lovers often report pain relief lasting for about 48 hours as well as lowered stress levels.
Take Your Workout Outdoors!
The beach, park, or even your backyard can be great spaces for exercise. Stepping outside can not only provide you with a break from working out indoors, but it can also improve your mood and give you the chance to connect with nature.
The most important warm weather wellness tip? Enjoy your summer! Consistency in your wellness routine is helpful for reaching goals there’s no need to miss out on fun activities. The trick is to ensure you are taking care of your well-being while having fun. Doable!