A Guide to Summer Activities and a Healthy Diet
As April’s showers roll through and May’s flowers begin to bloom, it’s easy to see and feel, that summer is well on its way. We’ll soon be spending even more time outside under blue skies and warm, balmy breezes here in Fort Myers! With the arrival of summer brings a new host of health concerns and guidelines to keep in mind while enjoying the higher temperatures and longer days. The staff of Teachout Chiropractic loves the warmer weather and outdoor activities but what we love more is staying healthy and happy. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite summer activities and diet guidelines to keep you healthy and feeling your best this season.
One of the easiest and most peaceful types of outdoor activities is a walk. Whether you live near a forest preserve and can spend hours on winding trails or live in a city and spend most of your time moving through parks, going for a walk is a great summer activity. The great thing about walking is that you can tailor it to your fitness level and fitness needs. There is nothing keeping you from taking on hilly paths if you’re ready for a challenge and have the space to roam. By the same token, you can always opt for flat sidewalks and short distances if you’re worried about overextending yourself. The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to summer walks is to pay attention to your body and your reaction to the exercise and adjust your activity accordingly. Proper shoes and foot support are important with any exercise. Your feet are your foundation, and we at Teachout Chiropractic want to make sure you have the best foundation possible. Stop by for your free foot scan so you can make sure you have shoes with the proper support for the exercise you chose.
Another favorite summer pastime has to be beach days! For people all over the country, the summer months are a great excuse to spend as much time at the beach as possible. It doesn’t matter whether the water in question is part of a Great Lake or comes from one of the coasts – beach days are always a treat. They can also lead to limbs that are gloriously tired at the end of the trip and nights full of sound sleep, which is always a great experience. It is important to keep an eye on your hydration level and ensure that you don’t end up dehydrated, of course, but overall this is definitely one of our favorite summer activities!
Another fun outdoor activity to keep in mind during the summer, especially if you leave near parks, is picnics! Gathering together and eating delicious food is always a favorite activity among all manner of populations and doing so under the sunshine just takes everything to a whole new level of awesome. Equally great is running around after your food has had a chance to settle and putting all of that fuel to work! If you’re looking for a fun and low-key outdoor activity that doesn’t require a lot of time or a certain level of physical fitness, picnics might be a great option for you. Being outside means that you might be tempted to engage in physical activity after eating, too, which could be a great option for digestion and overall health.
The Optimal Summer Diet
There are a lot of fun outdoor activities. In addition to the ones listed above, summertime is usually full of a whole host of locally-planned activities, too. It’s important to remember that being outside, especially if you’re active and in the heat, can take a toll on your body. Your diet, then, quickly becomes more important than ever if you hope to keep on moving and engaging all summer long.
First of all, make sure that you start your day off right with breakfast! It might not seem like a big deal but skipping breakfast can lead to lower energy levels throughout the day and a sluggish metabolism. Taking the time to eat a healthy breakfast of protein and healthy fats can help you keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Be conscious of the food you’re eating! In addition to being a great time for physical activity, summer tends to be full of unhealthy foods. Pick and choose your indulgences wisely and opt for fruits and veggies whenever possible.
If you are wanting to lose a few extra pounds for summer, give us here at Teachout Chiropractic & Wellness Center a call. We can help! We have a weight lost program that is designed to target the excess FAT on your body while preserving your muscle mass. Each person’s weight loss is unique, but you can lose an average of 2-7 pounds of FAT a week. What better way to start the summer than feeling healthy and great about yourself!
If you want to have the perfect summer, you want your body to run optimally. In addition to watching what you are eating and ensuring that you maintain healthy hydration levels throughout the day, you should consider investing in quality chiropractic care. The right chiropractor can work with you to address any concerns you might have and will help those aches and pains go away so that you can enjoy the beautiful weather and more vigorous physical activities of the season. And should you end up overextending yourself, chiropractic care can help you to recover quickly and keep moving forward. We at Teachout Chiropractic of Fort Myers look forward to getting to know you this summer, check out our list of ever-evolving services and schedule an appointment today. Stay cool.