“It’s hot here. Like about 110 today. Dang. I know I still need to exercise but I’m really not wanting to go to the gym.” Have any of you ever had those kind of thoughts? I live in Southern Utah and we get really hot summers. Lately I’ve been going to the gym with my daughter and son in law but when the weather warms up I want to shake things up a bit. I want to be outside. Now I know you are thinking “But it’s hot out there!” You are right. However, the outdoors calls me and I must answer. Nature has a way of making us happy. I like happy.
So, what are some ways we can still exercise in the summer and yet not get too overheated and still get those work-outs in?
1. How about playing baseball in the lake? As you can see in the picture, we had a blast! It was impromptu but it worked. I even got in the game. The bat – it was plastic. Same with the ball. Notice the two people on paddle boards? They were the outfield and they had to retrieve the ball. No one really ran bases but we had a great time and stayed cool even though the sun was beating down on us. I think it counted as exercise. Don’t you?
2. Get out early (or later) in the day. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset while taking a walk. You can even run if that’s what makes you happy. Try different routes. How about getting in your car and driving somewhere new? Take in the scenery of this time of year but be sure and stay hydrated. You might even want to bring a spritz bottle with water and a couple of drops of doTERRA’s Peppermint essential oil. Spritz yourself (not in your eyes) when you are feeling warm.
3. How about a bike ride? Ride to the park and then swing on the swings for a few. It makes me feel like a kid again. Do you remember trying to see how high you could swing? The slight breeze created when you swing might even cool you down a bit.
4. How about starting a Tai Chi group? Gather some friends, go to someone’s back yard, bring your tablet and find a YouTube channel with a Tai Chi workout.
5. Lastly…how about going swimming? We have a pool in our backyard and I’m in there for a few moments almost every day. This may mean my hair isn’t quite looking like I just came from the beauty parlor, but who cares? It feels good! If you don’t have a pool, or a friend with a pool, check out your community rec center. Most offer water aerobics. Some year round. If they don’t have classes, go swim some laps or even walk the lazy river if there’s one.
Your body will thank you for getting outside and doing something to get it moving. You might even be in a better mood. Exercising outdoors can stimulate endorphins and serotonin which help us feel good. Remember to drink water and to make sure you don’t overdo it. How about a cool cloth soaked in some cool water to wrap around your neck? Enjoy your summer ~ it’ll be gone before you know it!