Ac­ti­vate Your SUM­MER

Fit­ness ideas to power up your sea­son

The Covington News - - HEALTH -

(Fam­ily Fea­tures) When short-sleeve shirts, tanks and shorts make their way into your ev­ery­day wardrobe, sum­mer has of­fi­cially ar­rived. And look­ing and feel­ing your best for all of those warm weather ac­tiv­i­ties is im­por­tant.

Busy women know that be­ing ac­tive means more than just pick­ing up a few healthy habits; it re­quires daily ded­i­ca­tion. But some­times de­spite best laid plans, real life gets in the way. You miss that gym visit or sleep through that work­out class. Make the most of your sum­mer days with these tips that are not only fun, but will get you mov­ing, even on the busiest days.

Es­tab­lish a sum­mer sched­ule. With kids out of school, it can be easy to fall into a more laid-back rou­tine. Fight the urge to turn on the tele­vi­sion and cre­ate an ac­tive sched­ule with your chil­dren. Af­ter din­ner, have a fam­ily walk around the neigh­bor­hood or plan for week­end out­ings to your fa­vorite lo­cal na­ture pre­serve.

Sched­ule a walk­ing meet­ing at work. If sit­ting in an of­fice is part of your daily rou­tine, make a point to be ac­tive. Need to go over some items with a co-worker? Avoid book­ing the con­fer­ence room, and plan a walk­ing meet­ing out­side or around the build­ing. Get­ting your heartrate up and tak­ing in some fresh sum­mer air may be just what you need for suc­cess­ful brain­storm­ing on the job.

Find mo­ti­va­tion in all forms. Seek the help of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who also want to es­tab­lish healthy rou­tines. Look online for health and fit­ness blogs from other women who can share their own jour­neys to­ward bet­ter health. Or, in­vest in a wearable fit­ness de­vice that of­fers a per­son­al­ized ex­pe­ri­ence, such as a Mira Fit­ness tracker, that un­der­stands your fit­ness level and of­fers tips and in­spi­ra­tional boosts rel­e­vant to you. For more in­for­ma­tion and to check out their blog visit www.mymi­

Plan for an ac­tive va­ca­tion. Don’t let travel plans jus­tify in­ac­tiv­ity. Use your va­ca­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to get mov­ing, and cre­ate new healthy ex­pe­ri­ences. Vis­it­ing a his­toric town or city? Check out a walk­ing group tour to sight­see. Hit­ting the beach? Try beach vol­ley­ball, surf­ing or stroll be­side the wa­ter ev­ery night. No mat­ter where your trav­els take you, you can al­ways find a way to be ac­tive.

Find ways to beat the heat. Don’t let the sum­mer sun be your ex­cuse to stay in­doors on those ex­tra hot days. Set your alarm early to get your morn­ing run or hike in be­fore those af­ter­noon tem­per­a­tures rise. Seek a re­fresh­ing, cool work­out, such as wa­ter aer­o­bics at the gym or pad­dle board­ing at the lake when the temps are soar­ing.

Let the invit­ing sun rays lure you out­side and get mov­ing. You may dis­cover your next fa­vorite work­out, and other life hacks for a health­ier you.

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