When summer’s here, the time is right for…just about any kind of outdoor activity you can imagine! This is the season where you can typically find it easier to get moving and get in shape, but along with those great goals come some basic precautions.
So what’s your pleasure? Open the door and step outside to walk, swim, run, hike or enjoy team sports. But remember: playing too hard and too long in the sun can lead to the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which include such signs as heavy sweating, nausea, muscle cramps, confusion and slurred speech.
Limit your exposure! Time spent exercising outdoors should be no more than 20-30 minutes on a very hot day, depending on your fitness level and age. Children and older adults may be better off exercising indoors at a gym, especially if it’s the middle of the day. Outdoor exercise should be done either early in the morning or later in the evening, when the risk of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburns and excessive sun exposure to the eyes are minimized.
How to get motivated:
Most people want to exercise to be fit, prevent disease and look good, but getting started can be the hardest part. Here are some suggestions to kick-start your exercise routine:
• Set visual cues: Keep your sneakers right next to your bed, TV or phone as a reminder, so you see them first thing when you wake up.
• Dress up: Invest in stylish workout clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
• Buddy up: Make a specific "workout date" with a friend or family member one or more times a week to keep you committed to your workout.
• Seek the services of a trainer: Personal trainers are extremely important to your fitness success. Regardless of your ability to remain motivated by internal or external factors, a personal trainer can take your workouts to another level.
As an experienced trainer serving a wide range of clients, Aryan Siahpoushan develops personalized fitness plans to help his clients be more involved with their personal well-being. From plans for weight management to building muscle mass, senior fitness to athletic training, Aryan is ready to help you achieve your fitness goals. For more information, call today.