Summer has finally arrived! With states opening back up and the weather turning warm, now is a great time to get back into your fitness routine. We’ve rounded up some tips for staying healthy with summer workouts such as running, cycling and swimming; that you can use to support your Ayurvedic lifestyle and wellness routine.
Tips for Running in the Summer
For some people, there is nothing that compares to a runner’s high. Now that restrictions due to coronavirus are easing, here are some things to keep in mind as you hit the jogging track once again.
- Don’t forget your hand sanitizer
Although many public areas are opening up, the pandemic isn’t over just yet. While it’s not practical to run in a mask, be sure to bring some hand sanitizer with you so you can disinfect if you come into contact with anyone while you’re running.
- Hydrate — but at your own pace
Fitness experts and coaches have long touted the importance of staying hydrated while you work out, but recent studies have shown that over-hydrating can be dangerous. Instead of forcing yourself to drink water, experts now recommend that you only drink to your thirst level. If you’re a distance runner, you should focus instead on keeping your sugar levels up.
- Don’t worry about the clock
This tip is applicable both for running in the summer heat and returning to the jogging track after Covid. Instead of focusing on keeping a certain pace, you should measure your run by your perceived effort level. Intense heat will force your body to work harder, and if you’ve been cooped up due to self-isolation, now is not the time to shoot for a new personal record. Instead, take it slow and just enjoy the run.
Tips for Cycling in the Summer
If you’re not into running, cycling might be just the way for you to embrace the sunshine and stay fit. Be sure to keep in mind these tips for staying healthy while cycling in the summer.
- Ride solo
To avoid potentially spreading coronavirus, it’s best for you to ride solo or only with members of your own household. It’s hard to socially distance while riding together anyway, and a solo ride will let you acclimate to the heat at your own pace.
- Wear sunscreen
This may seem pretty basic, but a sunburn can really put a damper on what was an otherwise enjoyable ride. Not only are sunburns painful, they also increase your body’s need for fluids — meaning you’ll have to work that much harder to stay hydrated. Don’t forget to cover the back of your neck, especially if the sun is directly overhead!
- Plan your route accordingly
Obviously you should have an idea of where you’re heading before you start pedaling, but try to plan your route with some shade if you can manage it. Riding early in the morning or in the evening can also help you avoid the hottest times of day. Additionally, consider less populated paths as a way to avoid spreading coronavirus.
Tips for Staying Healthy With Summer Workouts – Swimming
Swimming just might be the quintessential summer activity. Whether you’re a regular at the local pool or you prefer to tackle ocean waves, here are some tips to keep you in top swimming form.
- Respect social distancing — even at the pool
Many local pools are opening back up for swimmers, with reserved times to limit the capacity at the pool. With this in mind, it’s still important to keep your distance from others. Stay in your own lane, and be mindful of where other swimmers are in the pool. If you’re swimming at a beach or other body of water, make sure you leave plenty of distance between yourself and others.
- Beware of heat stroke
In the high heat of the day, a refreshing swim often seems like a great idea. However, swimming in an open body of water can leave you vulnerable to heat stroke, as heat does not dissipate from the body as effectively when you are submerged. Make sure you know your limits, and have a buddy (preferably from your own household) keep an eye on you while you swim.
- Bring a mask
While of course you can’t wear a mask while you swim, it’s a good idea to bring one if you plan to spend any time lounging poolside or on the beach. Unless you have your own private pool, be considerate of others who are sharing the space with you.
Enjoy the Sunshine
No matter how your summer plans may have changed, these tips for staying healthy with summer workouts will help you stay active and feel good. As you get back into your routine, you can find relief from achy joints with YouVeda’s My Essential Oils: Joints. This doctor-formulated essential oil blend of ginger, boswellia, ashwagandha, raspberry, and neroli will soothe achy joints and muscles. Simply apply directly to your trigger point, (like the back of the neck, knees, and back) to soothe your muscles and restore balance to your body.
We’ve been stuck inside for a long time, so do something kind for yourself and get outside to make the most of the summer weather.
Alexandra Baker- (Youveda Wellness Contributor)