Now that the colder temperatures are here there is still plenty of exercise to do. Perhaps a gym membership for the holidays or a new exercise CD. I still feel it is important to get out into the sun shine and allow the sun to provide us with some much needed vitamin D and some “winter” warmth. There are many parks and trails that are great for getting outside and getting some exercise. Remember even in the cold weather you need to stay hydrated and eat warming, filling foods such as whole grains. Remember eat fresh, eat whole food and eat local.
Another hot summer is upon us. This can of course effect our ability to get outside and exercise. But it does not have to stop us. Many people got up early today and where pacing themselves at the Cooper River. It was great to see so many people walking ,running, biking or doing water sports. What did they all have in common? While movement was of course what we were all doing thee was the addition of hydration.
People were carrying water bottles, waist harness carrying fluids and I even saw more then my share of cars with ice chests containing refreshing juices and electrolyte drinks.
Remember at any temperature while exercising we all must stay hydrated. During the hot months it is even more important to focus on your hydration . Consider drinking fluids before, during and after exercise. If the heat is to much consider early morning or late evening times when the sun is not so hot. If all else fails workout indoors where the climate can be controlled.
Above all, keep moving.
Frequently, not enough attention is paid to what we are drinking. When our body is dehydrated it is not able to work as efficiently. Water and low fat dairy products, skim milk, should be our main choices while trying to limit caffeinated beverages like soda and iced tea. Remember to drink at least eight glasses of water a day for optimal hydration and remember to add for increased activity. Also, pay attention to increased water needs in hot, humid weather as summer is right around the corner.