Summer Health and Fitness Tips

Author: Female For Life | 16 Dec 2012

Summer is often a great time to get fit. Its warmer, there’s more sunshine and generally your spirits seem lighter. So wasting any precious moments ill and suffering from ailments should be avoided at all costs! So what to look out for:

Breathe easy. If you summer from asthma, spring and summer can be a nightmare with the pollen in the air. Make sure you keep your inhaler with you to ensure your chest isn’t struggling and you can properly breathe throughout your workout. Breathing is an important part of exercise so keep the lungs healthy

Skin healthy: A diet rich in anti-oxidants and omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of skin cancers. But don’t just rely on your diet, ensure you use a good waterproof sun screen and apply it at least 30 minutes before you intend on going outdoors and again just before.

Eat fruit: Summer fruits are rich in Vitamin A, C and E. Vitamin A is important for health teeth, skin and eyes and Vitamin E helps your immune system. Vitamin C helps ward off illnesses important for tissue growth and repair and can even improve your mood. Fruit are also a great source of carbohydrates to give you the energy you need to last through a good cardio workout.

Go Outdoors: The sun is shining, its warm and there’s heaps of daylight hours available. “Green exercise” - outdoor physical exercise surrounded by greenery lifts your mood and self-esteem and can lower blood pressure by up to 9%.

Wear sunglasses: With the extra sunshine comes extra UV rays and the need to protect your eyes from damage. Be sure to have lenses with UV protection. Also take into account the amount of coverage they offer to your nose and the areas around your eyes – you know the sensitive ones that will … eventually… wrinkle These form an extra level of sun protection when exercising outdoors.