For many, summer means family barbecues by the pool, beach vacations, and trips to the ice cream shop. But for some, the summer months can be stressful. Parents may struggle to find ways to keep their kids entertained, and the cost of vacation may lead to financial strain. And getting into that swimsuit? I don’t know about you, but I could use a few more weeks to get beach ready.
If you’re feeling the summer blues, try incorporating physical activity into your routine. Exercise not only has several health benefits, but it can also help reduce stress, improve self-confidence, and even help you sleep better. Research suggests that physical activity also stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
If you’re struggling after a bad day at work or just need to clear your mind, engage in an aerobic activity for as little as 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week. You’ll quickly see that your heart and body will reap the benefits, and your mood will most likely improve as well.
Here are seven fun and easy ways to get your body moving this summer:
Head out for a morning or evening stroll around your neighborhood. Grab a friend or take your dog with you to get your heart pumping, and enjoy the fresh air.
Turn up the volume, and move your body. Whether you like hip hop, country, or salsa music, you’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel and how quickly time will pass.
Beat the heat, cool off, and burn calories at the same time. The total-body aerobic exercise will not only be easy on your joints but will also elevate your heart rate.
An early morning hike can be a great way to clear your mind and help you set your focus for the day. Regardless if you are a beginner or novice hiker, find a nearby trail, and experience the great outdoors. Try an e+ natural energy shot to get you heading in the right direction.
Mindful breathing and guided stretching are great low-impact exercises that will help you maintain strength and gain flexibility.
Grab a ball and head to the nearest park to shoot some hoops. Not only will you sweat, but you’ll also develop good motor skills and build endurance. Following your workout, try AMPED Recover to support faster post-exercise recovery and rehydrate with AMPED Hydrate.†
Do Yard Work
Mow the lawn, or spend some time in the garden. This activity is a great way to be outside and cross some chores off your to-do list at the same time!
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.