It’s officially Summer and the vacationing has begun!
Time to relax with a good read, lay out at the pool or on the beach, visit distant family and friends… But while you’re living it up during the “lazy days of Summer,” don’t neglect your workout routine. Trust us, when the vacation ends and it’s time to get back to workday reality, you’ll be happy you didn’t.
Dr. Elizabeth Salada shares some helpful tips on how to incorporate your fitness into fun activities:
“I love summer time, because it gives us all an opportunity to ‘mix things up’ a bit and try new activities.
If you are vacationing with children and family, now is a great time to do family exercises that everyone can enjoy like snorkeling, swimming, surfing, paddle-boarding, horseback riding, bike riding, kayaking, hiking, or just walking as you explore new cities.
Staying active doesn’t always have to be considered “work.” Think about the hundreds of steps that it takes to hike a mountain or a historic building in Europe, or to the top of the Empire State Building! Now that’s a work out! You will be using muscles you never knew you had and your body, mind and spirit will love the variety.
Also, now many hotels and cruise ships have amazing fitness facilities ( some even with Total Gym Equipment in them). Set aside 15 minutes to half an hour to get a quick workout in so you won’t fall too far off track. Staying with friends or family elsewhere? Take the opportunity to explore the fitness centers in other cities. Many clubs offer free trials of their facilities or drop-in day rates. Perhaps whomever you are staying with is a member of a gym; ask if they have free guest passes you can use during your stay.
The goal is to just continue to work out, in some capacity, every day and by the end of summer you may just be fitter than you ever imagined. It’s mind over matter really, so go enjoy the quality time away with family or friends, rest, rejuvenate, recover and keep on keeping on. Whatever you do, just keep moving!”
I look forward to hearing what creative adventures you discover!
Happy summer! Until next time…
Elizabeth Salada, MD
Dr. Salada is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice in San Diego since 1996. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University where she received high honors in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Her final training was obtained from Pennsylvania State University where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine. Visit Dr. Salada’s website for more information: http://elizabethsaladamd.com.