Or, is the weather still an excuse?

It seems that plenty of places in the States are suffering from early-onset-summer-heat. So while piles of snow, biting cold and long-dark days are merely memories, you can still be found sedentary on the couch enjoying the cool blast of the AC. And eating mounds of B&J.

Remember how in the winter you longed to be outside without needing 6 layers of clothes?  

Stop letting Mother Nature derail your fitness and health! In reality, the great outdoors beckon for you to enjoy them.

~*~The sun’s up early. Really early. Follow suit and set your alarm a little earlier—or the automatic timer on your coffee maker—and greet the sun with a smile. Then head outside. It’ll be cooler. And quieter (so those who are self-conscious have very little to worry about).

*~*On that note, let me introduce you to the Spotlight Effect. This is a social-psychology term for that self-conscious feeling you get that everyone is looking at you. First-time runners often feel like the whole neighborhood is judging their almost-walking pace; overweight gym-goers often feel like the whole of the health club has their eye on them. Here’s the newsflash: Sure, you’re not invisible and someone is likely to see you doing what you’re doing; however, notice how focused on yourself you are right now, and realize that everyone else is just as focused on themselves. Meaning: Get over yourself. No one is concentrating on you and what you’re doing.

(*)Drink up! Water, that is. Water not only hydrates the 70% of your mass that is H2O, but it also helps regulate your body temperature and muscle functioning. {remember way back in elementary school science, where you learned that water conducts electricity the best? well, you don’t get shocked by metal and static for no reason: you’re a hotbed of electric current! full hydration makes it easier for the nerves to shoot their impulses to the muscles…and your brain. which is why being dehydrated makes you feel fatigued and out of focus.}

(~)Give yourself permission to take it down a notch. If you head outside and it does get too hot to maintain your pace, slow down. Again, no one is judging you if they see you stop jogging and walk. The most important thing, besides your safety, is that you’re moving!

+++Also, early morning means no kiddies are out on the playgrounds. Make them your personal outdoor gym! Playground Workout I Playground Workout II Playground Workout III (seriously, just type “playground workout” into your search engine and you’ll get a plethora of articles and videos on ideas and routines!)

*+*Don’t lose your common sense. Take some water with you. If you’re trying to lose weight, skip the sports drinks (calories calories calories!); if you sweat a lot, take your water, add a pinch of salt, a drop of honey and a drop of OJ or lemon juice <—-a tiny fraction of the calories with the carbs and electrolytes your body needs to hydrate! Seriously, you may be a budding athlete, and sports drinks are marketed to you, but keep in mind most sports drinks fulfill the needs of an athlete going full-out for at least an hour if not longer.

+*+Fill your plate with fruits and veggies. This will help keep you hydrated, plus you’ll feel full on little but powerful calories.

As a last resort, if it’s truly too hot to be outdoors…there are gym clubs for a reason. And don’t forget you can workout at home, too!

P.S. Don’t forget the sunblock!




One response »

  1. dilipnaidu says:

    Useful tips. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

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