Seasonal Self-Care: Staying Healthy During Summer
Here at MISSFITCO we strongly encourage prioritising your physically and mental health. As previously stated in our self-care blog, self-maintenance should be centred around all aspects of you daily life – as its overall aim is to help you spark the things that make you feel more like yourself and can be noted as being one of the key components when coping with any given situation – that being extremely vital now that we are leading into the hottest summer months.
When you think of summer, especially in Australia you think of the hot days by the pool or at the beach - relaxing without an absolute care in the world. But while that may seem extremely ideal, having some relief from cold and chilly days, it may also bring along various health problems like, dehydration, uneasy stomach, sunburn, dryness, bacterial infections and even heat stroke.
You may not see it now, but it is imperative that you are eating the right foods and exercising the right way to maintaining your fitness and health, that you worked so hard for months and months prior. Begin to reach for cooler, freshly harvested and lower density foods such as mangoes, watermelon, tomatoes, berries, oranges, celery etc. But there is only one overarching hydrating tool that will get you through the heat and that is WATER... and LOTS of it! Drinking water is extremely important as it help rehydrate your body and helps it function better. Make sure you push yourself to gulp down 2L water and ensure a well hydrated body. It is also important and interesting to know that you should not drink extremely chilled water as it will only wreak havoc on your health.
When it comes to your physical exercise, you will probably notice that your body will be producing more sweat and other potential skin issues a bit more often that you use to. This is just due to the fact that your body is constantly and naturally producing heat – our muscles, many chemical reactions work to make heat. That heat then essentially increases our overall body temperature and disperses this heat by you guessed it - sweating… And so, in response, our bodies sweat more in the summer temps.
A few tips when going about your exercise is to ease up! Take it one step at a time (literally). We always encourage you to challenge your bodies but sometimes it may get to a point where it gives you various signals that it needs to cool down and rest. If you normally run, walk or jog. Begin to slow down your pace. As your body adapts to the heat, gradually pick up the pace and length of your workout. Similarly goes for weight and HIIT training – your body will thank you for it!