Some ideas, activities and tips to share with everyone!
Motivate someone new
Although regular exercisers may not see their healthy lifestyle choices as anything out of the ordinary they may unconsciously be providing motivation to others. A simple Facebook post referencing a completed workout or simply watching another dedicated individual can provide a new exerciser that little push they need to get and stay active. Convince a friend to tag along to a boot camp or walk in the park and they will be forever thankful!
Try a new fruit
Summertime is filled with delicious and fresh fruits. Skip the ice-cream cone and curb that sweet tooth with a big fruit salad. Fruits are loaded with healthy nutrients!
BONUS TIP: fruit such as watermelon is also full of hydration!
Run on Dirt or Grass Instead of Pavement or Black Top
The sun doesn’t absorb into the dirt as easily and therefore will be cooler than the other surfaces.
Strength Train a Minimum of 2 Times a Week
Summer is a fun yet busy time for many people and workouts can often get pushed to the side. Weight training 2 times a week is enough to maintain muscle mass for an easy return to regular training in the fall.
Do a Good Deed
It is shown that people feel happier after preforming a Good Samaritan act. Mental health is just as important as physical health! For instance you could purchase a $5 coffee gift card and give it to a stranger, open the door for someone or it can be as simple as smiling at someone.
Volunteer at the Humane Society
The weather is perfect for a walk in the park. Stop by your local humane society and offer to take some dogs for a walk! Spending time with animals has also been proven to have a very positive affect on one’s mental health.
Try a New Physical Activity
Stuck in a gym rut? Summer is the perfect time to try hiking or a new active water sport such as paddle boarding or kayaking. All of these activities require great core strengthening and you may develop a new love for doing physical activity outdoors.
Go to the Farmers Market
Not only are you supporting your local businesses but you are getting locally grown and organic foods. Freshly picked vegetables and fruit have a much different taste than store-bought!
By Cassidy Sherrington
Shawnessy YMCA Strength & Conditioning Director
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