We love Summer! But for some that means heat. Be smart and safe while sticking to your exercise program. Following simple guidelines will help you stay on target.
Summer Exercise Safety Guidelines
Do it earlier or later! If you don’t work out in a temperature controlled environment you may need to change your schedule. Get up an hour earlier to take that run before the heat kicks in. It’s not recommended to exercise when the mercury is 90 degrees.
Decrease the intensity of your workout when it’s hot. Both heat and humidity can raise your heart rate. It’s better to be safe.
Switch it up! Change your workout to include water sports if you can. Swimming is one of the best exercises there is and it’s easy on the joints.
Dress appropriately. There are many options now in moisture-wicking fabrics. Make sure to apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
Stay hydrated. In times of extreme heat or humidity you can sweat 3 times more than normal. Include a beverage with electrolytes in your fluids. If at any time you feel dizzy or nauseated, stop, rest and hydrate.
For an extra boost of energy try Herbal Nitro Extreme Energy.
Boost Energy and Hydration with Refreshing Fruit Waters
A great way to boost hydration is to drink delicious beverages that are flavored with summer fresh fruits. They’re full of wholesome goodness, vitamins, enzymes, water and FUN! Get the kids involved in making their own concoctions. You can individually freeze fruit chunks to keep your beverage chilled longer.
Strawberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber with less than 50 calories per cup.
Blueberries are one of the most nutrient dense berries (Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese). One cup contains 4 grams of fiber and only 84 calories.
Oranges are high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Folate and Potassium. One cup of segments has 85 calories and 4 grams of fiber.
Watermelon is mostly water but a good source of citrulline and lycopene. One cup has only 45 calories.
Lemons are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Vitamin B. They are reported to be good for cardiovascular health, prevention of kidney stones and anemia. One whole lemon has a mere 20 calories.
Ever had that feeling about 2:00 in the afternoon? You know, you can barely keep your eyes open and your head feels heavy? You feel like this kitten. Admit it! We all look for natural energy boosters when we start dragging.
Unfortunately, its part of our natural cycle. Some cultures didn’t try to fight it and adopted the “siesta” or afternoon nap time. They take an afternoon rest and them come back raring to go.
It’s natural for your body temperature to drop about 2 or 3 in the afternoon. But, it’s also natural for your body temperature to drop just before you fall asleep. Your body is actually the coolest just before you wake up. Your body has been trained; temperature drop means time to sleep.
Of course if you ate a lunch that was loaded with fast digesting carbs or sugar, the crash is probably related to your diet. Whether you are dieting to lose weight or just to stay awake, protein is important for any diet. It helps you avoid the crash.
Natural Energy Boosters to Stay Awake
Crazy as it seems, expending energy gives you energy. If you feel sleepy, jumping around or doing brief aerobic exercise will increase your body temperature and get you awake again.
You can reach for a cup of coffee or green tea to get a caffeine jolt, but that caffeine can cause a crash or the jitters in a little while, especially if you load it up with sugar.
A good night’s sleep and a good lunch are potent tools in your arsenal for fighting afternoon fatigue. But it doesn’t hurt to get a natural energy boost from Extreme Energy or Fuel for the Body. Just don’t take it too late in the afternoon, or you will be energized all night! Got questions about the natural energy boosters in our herbal supplements?
What is your favorite way to beat the afternoon slump? Add your comment below!