We are back with Summer Survival Part 2: GO OUTSIDE! STAY ACTIVE!
Now is the time to enjoy nature! Besides helping keep you active, there are so many other benefits from being outdoors. It is said to reduce stress, reduce inflammation and improve short term memory! With all of those good reasons, who wouldn’t want to play outdoors? So.. what to do? We have a lot of ideas to share!
Plan lots of fun outdoor activities outside! Go for a swim, to a water park, a hike, a bike ride, or go camping! Although your usual gym routine may be thrown this doesn’t mean summer is a time to get sedentary! Stay active having lots of outdoor fun!!
Walk barefoot outside! “Earthing” is said to have a whole range of benefits for your health including better sleep and reduced inflammation. Give it a try and tell us how you feel!!
Get everyone involved! At your next BBQ plan a fun game in the yard that can get kids, family and friends in on the action. Go for an evening family run or walk!
Sleep! Take an outdoor nap (under some shade of course)! You know you want to!
Remember to wear a good “clean” sunscreen that protects your skin without the added nasties. What you put on your body is as important as what you put in! If your city is enjoying some super hot temps (Arizona, omg!) it may pay to stay out of the sun at its hottest between 10 and 2pm. Check out the Environmental Working Groups sunscreen guide for some of the best rated sunscreens here:
Scare the bugs away naturally! ???Avoid repellants with DEET and try making your own natural bug repellent from essential oils! However, homemade bug repellants may be less effective so they may not be the best choice in high risk zika (or other insect borne disease) areas!
Drink water!! Lots and lots of water! Keep your drink bottle beside you at all times! If you go to a party dehydrated you are much more likely to over indulge on food or drinks! Enjoy hydrating fruit and veggies like watermelon and cucumber!
Remember to adjust meals according to your activity. If you’ve swapped your usual high intensity workout for some quiet yin yoga then you may not need any of those pre/post workout mini meals you usually have.
Camping Treats: If you tolerate gluten free grains this is an interesting camping recipe you may like to try instead of smores (I’d still skip the jam :) )
What kind of summer fun are you having outside? Snap a pic and tag us on Social Media! We love seeing what you are up to and how you are living 30 Clean around the world!
Katie Vasar, CHC