Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, it is often one of the first pieces to be left behind as people get busy, especially in summer. The great news is that summer provides extra sunlight and plenty of opportunities for fun activities. Here are some tips to help discuss physical activity during the summer with clients (and they work great for busy health professionals too):
Keep a weekly schedule
- Everyone gets busy. Look at a week or two ahead and plan workouts.
- Put the activity on your calendar like any other appointment. What is great is that with an electronic calendar a reminder can easily be set 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
- Consider moving more strenuous physical activities to the early morning or late evening to avoid the extreme heat. Side note-keep the bug spray handy.
Mix it up
- Remember physical activity does not have to be time at the gym or with weights. Take an early morning or late evening walk, when it is cooler. Other great summer activities include swimming and other water sports, beach volleyball, bike rides and more.
- Make it an outing! Invite family and friends along for the fun. Perhaps it will feel less like “work”.
- Headed somewhere close by? Walk instead of drive. This offers double benefit-saving money on gas and burning calories.
- Keep a bottle of water handy for easy hydration. Here are tips from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about hydration during exercise.
- The best tip of all is to be safe during all physical activity. Remind clients to check in with the doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.