Staying Active in the Summer
Summer is a time for seeing friends and family, taking a much-deserved vacation and enjoying the warm air on our skin. We can take a rest from life’s stresses. Whether we spend it holidaying or staying at home, it’s good to steal a bit of time each day to focus on our physical and mental well-being.
Eating well, drinking plenty of water and doing some exercise can be just the thing to keep us healthy any time of the year. But while we get stuck into the summer months, we can consider a few more ideas. Public Health England has lots of free tools and advice to help us lead an active lifestyle, whatever the goal!
InstructorLive will be supporting Public Health England’s Better Health campaign with our 50% OFF annual memberships and BRING A FRIEND offer. To help support this fantastic campaign, we’ve also put together some helpful tips and pointers for getting active this summer!
On-demand workouts are brilliant for fitting around your personal schedule. You can exercise at a time that suits you and can track your progress along the way. This means you can even take InstructorLive on holiday with you! With 800+ workouts available and different levels to choose from, you can take things at your own pace. We have many workout styles to choose from and are always at hand to support and advise you on your fitness journey.
There are, of course, many other ways to increase our physical activity and enjoy moving our bodies over the summer period. There are also a few other points to think about, so let’s take a little look!
The weather can play a huge part in our mood. It’s been proven that the positive impact of warm, sunny weather on mental health is indisputable. With this in mind, we encourage you to get outside when you can and enjoy it! Walking is such a great form of exercise due to its low impact on the joints and muscles. Even a gentle outside yoga session can do wonders for focus and energy.
Workout With a Friend
The great thing about InstructorLive is that you can exercise ANYWHERE and ANYTIME as long as you’re connected to the internet, meaning you could pop round to a friend’s for a workout OR aim to complete the same programme by a specific date! This can be an encouraging and supportive way to exercise. Share your experience and help to motivate someone else as you both work towards your goals.
According to several surveys, only 1 in 10 people in the UK consume enough water per day to be considered hydrated! Being dehydrated can affect our energy levels and focus, so it’s vital to be mindful of our daily fluid intake. Drinking 2 litres a day has become something of a health mantra for many. It’s an achievable goal to aim for, but if you’re exercising too, it’ll likely you’ll sweat some of that fluid out again! So make sure you allow for a little extra water on those hot, sweaty days!
The Best Time of Day to Exercise
If you’re using outdoor space for your daily exercise, whether in your garden or further afield, the best time to work out is in the morning. Humidity rises as the day continues, so you’ll find the cooler hours first things in the morning.
Knowing When to Stop
Although it can feel great working out in the beautiful heat, it can also be dangerous if you’re not paying attention to how you feel. That’s why we wouldn’t recommend trying too high-intensity during a hot day if you’re new to exercise. Starting something your body is not used to is already a challenge, so set an achievable exercise goal if you’re beginning your fitness journey. A beginners programme, a short work or even some stretching may be enough, especially if the weather is hot. Lightheadedness, extreme fatigue, weakness or sickness are all signs that it may be time to stop doing what you’re doing. There’s a time and a place for “Go hard or go home”, and this is not it! Stop, take a breather, have some water and make your way into a more cool setting.
Physical activity increases your need for sleep. When you exercise, your body naturally starts to recover afterwards, and a great way of doing this is through sleep. Exercise is also a stress reliever. It can also boost our mood, so incorporating some form of exercise into your daily routine can positively impact your rest time.
Whichever way you choose to spend your summer, we hope it’s a good one packed full of fun times and good memories! InstructorLive is always here to help. So should you need guidance choosing an exercise programme or on starting a fitness plan, give us a message!