Helpful Summer Wellness Tips
We’re at the halfway mark in May, which means temperatures will soon begin to climb. As the summer heat arrives, we want to take this opportunity to share some wellness tips. The summer months are a great time to get outside and exercise, meditate, or spend time with friends and family, but it’s important to take care of yourself when it gets hot. Here are some of our hot tips.
As temperatures increase, sweating increases as well. Sweating results in water loss, and replacing those lost fluids is essential. The National Institute for Fitness and Sport recommends drinking one cup of fluid every 15 minutes to stay hydrated. Be mindful of drinking too much water during exercise which could result in hyponatremia, a condition where sodium levels in the bloodstream are depleted.
H2: Wear Light-Colored and Loose Clothing
Light-colored and loose clothing reflects sunlight and keeps the body cooler during a workout. Most importantly, they help with sweat evaporation. Fabrics that breathe easily but do not absorb moisture are best. Avoid cotton and other fabrics that retain sweat and could create a body temperature imbalance. If you love hiking, especially in the mountains, consider wearing layers. Changes in altitude make it more difficult to identify when your body needs water.
Start Early in the Day
Working out early in the day while temperatures are cooler is always a good practice. There are also physiological benefits to working out in the morning. High-energy exercise speeds up metabolism and increases blood flow which prepares you for a more productive day. If you need more motivation in the morning, consider finding a workout buddy. Having someone to talk to goes a long way when committing to an early morning routine.
Mix Up Your Routine
Mixing up your workout routine is smart. A variety of exercises allows muscles to recover and build. This is especially important during the summer. If you enjoy running one day, consider yoga or swimming the next. Adding variety will also help keep you motivated because it reduces boredom. If you’re exercising outdoors, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.
At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters, and creating healthy environments for our homeowners and residents to thrive is very important to us. We wish you all a safe and healthy summer!