Stepping Up: Listening to Your Body

June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm

 

Wow! I had a wonderful holiday weekend and am now back in the saddle again. At work, I spend a lot of time at my desk, and that can make for a sedentary day. To make up for that “down time,” I do squats periodically to rev up my metabolism (and to give my body a break from being in a seated position).

Workouts have been really hard this week after only walking on the beach all weekend—and the humidity and temperature are both over 90! Make sure you drink plenty of water before during and after your workout, especially if outdoors. You should also wear the minimum of light colored clothing when running or walking outdoors.

Unless you are struggling with your blood pressure, this time of year it’s actually OK to salt your food and use a bit of salt for seasoning. You should still avoid processed food as they contain a lot of sodium, but use sea salt for seasoning instead when cooking. Frozen blueberries are a great thirst quencher and a nice way to satiate your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Remember, once you feel thirsty it means you are at least two percent dehydrated, so listen to your body and drink! Vapur makes a great “anti-bottle” water bottle that is great to take with you on outdoor workouts—it is actually a collapsible bottle with a carabiner hook so you can clip it to your waistband when it’s full and roll it up when empty. It’s also BPA free, so you can freeze it or let it get hot in the sun without worrying about chemicals leaching into your water from the plastic. They’re inexpensive and you can visit the Vapur site to find a store near you that sells them.

What is your body telling you? Do you have tips for working out when it’s hot and humid? What’s your favorite thirst-quencher to beat the heat? How do you make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day? Share it with us in the comments here or on Facebook!

Categories: Did You Know, Exercise, Healthy Updates, Prevention, Weight Management, Women’s Health.

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