Summer is here for sure! July, August and September are the hottest months, and so clients are always asking me what the best exercise is for this time, and my answer is always the same. The one you will stick with and you enjoy doing. Outdoor activities are limited due to the heat, so early mornings and evenings when the sun is not so intense are best. Summer is the time most of my clients schedules are different and it is pool time. So why not get in the pool and make it your place for your exercise routine.
You may not have an aquatics class near you or the class times are not ideal. Yet if you have a pool it’s open 24 hours a day and any time is a good time for you. The pool provides a low – impact environment and offers resistance that works muscles from all angles. So here are some great benefits to cross train this summer while protecting your joints, getting some vitamin D and staying active in spite of the heat.
Here are 3 great reasons to get in the pool:
- The buoyancy of water reduces a person’s “weight” by 90%. Stress on weight – bearing joints, bones and muscles decreases, too.
- Hydrostatic pressure aids aching joints, making aquatic activities beneficial to those who suffer from inflammatory diseases.
- A study looked at the psychological benefits for people with Fibromyalgia found that participants experienced “significant decrease in pain and depression.”*
If you’re not sure what to do while in the pool, I suggest walk forward, backwards or sideways in at least mid chest level water. Be mindful about your posture. You want to make sure your abdominal muscles are engaged, head neutral, shoulders relaxed and most of all breath!!! Play games with the kids, swim laps or just move. Run or walk to increase your energy! So ready! Set! Splash your way to fitness this summer and see how great you will feel!
If you are stuck and need some accountability, call or email me today to book your COMPLIMENTARY consultation to coach you in the direction you want to go. You can reach me at 713-410-3376 or email me at Birgitt@tofityou.com.
Are you ready to get the gift of happiness and healthy? Gift certificates available! YOGA class times are Tuesday at 6:30 and Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm.
* Source: IDEA Fitness Journal July-August
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