We know regular exercise gives you a stronger body and a calmer mind and missing out on exercise can get you down.
Consider walking earlier in the day or in the evening. Walk indoors at a shopping centre. Many shopping centres are open around 8am and are still relatively empty.
There are two advantages – you avoid the sun and you can enjoy the air-conditioned comfort.
The same benefits apply to working out at a gym. You escape the sun and you can exercise vigorously in an air-conditioned environment. No sweat.
Home is a great place to exercise too. With some light hand weights and resistance bands, you can easily set up a personal routine.
Exercise at a set time each day and in a set location. Pace yourself. A 10-minute daily session is better than going all out and then not exercising again.
At home you have the benefit of privacy, your own music and plenty of cold water on tap. Do you have any aerobics DVDs on your shelves?
Come on, admit it. Take a look at these classics and get moving.
The beach with its sea breezes may be your preferred exercise spot. You can walk, do some yoga stretches or swim. It’s motivating to have other active people around you.
Go down early in the morning or towards the end of the day to avoid the harsher sunlight.
Call a friend. It’s easier to keep a commitment you have made to someone else than one you have made to yourself.
Arrange to exercise with a friend. This could be an early morning neighbourhood walk or a swim. You will both benefit. Of course, you can add in a coffee break too.
On the hot summer days it is important to stay hydrated.
Even though you are exercising in the cooler hours or indoors you will still need to replenish your fluids. If you become lightheaded or your urine is darker than usual, it’s a sure sign you are dehydrated.
If you are tired of simple H20, munch on some cold watermelon cubes, a few slices of pawpaw or some cucumber sticks.
I hope these suggestions help you plan ahead and stay active this summer despite what nature throws our way.
Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au