We are smack in the middle of Summer and Im loving it! I hope everyone is enjoying a breath of warm, fresh air. You may be having some vacation time, traveling with the family, working, or chilling at home, but Summer always gives off that special vibe that can benefit us all, inside and out!
Every Summer I spend time on Kauai. It is here I can let my hair down, get salty, sweaty, slow down, and get my GLOW on. Ohana (family) friends, food and a lifestyle I live by, is the reason I gravitate to my happy place. We all have that special place somewhere that we love or hold fond memories of as a child.
Rather than focusing on all the diet- detrailing Summer time rituals (we all know what they are) lets look at some of the healthy perks of Summer and how we all can celebrate the Summer time vibe.
1. Its vacation time and schools out, work may let up a bit, and the beach is calling your name. This "time off" give us a break from the "daily grind". It eases our stress, improves our mood, decreses our chances of heart disease and we are more motivated to get back to our goals. So take that time to reboot!
2.Speaking of the heart, did you know that researchers noted a significant difference in heart attack survival rates in Winter and Summer? "People are 26 to 36 percent more likely to die in winter from a heart attack, a stroke, heart failure or some other circulatory disease. This doesn't meannow you can ease up your activity in Summer but your probably taking it up a notch compared to the other seasons. Goal= keep it going year round!
3.Getting on a good sweat is sometimes frowned upon. But while this isnt a 100% detox remedy, sweating is good for circulation, fighting infections, opening up the pours and cleansing the skin. Just make sure to hydrate and you'll see that healthy glow in no time.
4. Glorious fruit surrounds us during the Summer months and we can't help but crave natures candy. Summer would not be complete without berries, watermelon, peaches, raspberries, cherries, and the list of seasonal fruit goes on.... the good news is that they are filled with antioxidents, vitamins, minerals and very little calories. Hydration anyone? Yes it has that too and plenty of it! So eat up!
5. Get physical...with so many Summer activities, there are two that stand out ...swimming and hiking. They are some of the easiest activities to do this Summer. Swimming uses all your muscles and has minimal impact on your body, improves strength, cardio, as well as improves your mood and alleviates depression. Hiking trails are so fun to explore and at your own pace ( no race needed) It is a good resistant training for your muscles, ligamnets, tendons as well as your bones. TIme will fly by and so will the miles.
So dont let the Summer slip away without enjoying all it's perks!
Remember... health comes in many different forms, so think out of the box and JUMP IN!