Summer is here and the temperatures are more consistently heating up, which means cooling down yourself and your home takes more of an effort. If you are fortunate enough to live in a home with central air conditioning, the hot summer days are not too bad. If your home does not have central AC, or you are among the mass numbers of apartment or condo dwellers, you cringe when you see the forecast of sunny days with the temperatures around 90 degrees for several days in a row. If you are on a budget, buying a portable and/or window air conditioner units might not be the solution for you and your family to live comfortably in your home during the heat waves. So how to do you combat the heat? Below is a list of some helpful ideas to help you beat the heat this summer.
Probably like many of you, I remember going outside and playing a lot as a kid. Whether that was a friendly neighborhood game of tag or hide-in-go-seek, playing Mother-May-I or Simone Says, or having handstand contests in the front yawn. (Ok, my older brother was a gymnast and sibling competitions were always good fun.) Getting outside and playing was very common growing up. Riding our bikes, shooting hoops, running through an empty field, or whatever our imaginations could come up with, there was always an adventure or game to be had outside. Little did we know all the wonderful health benefits of being outdoors had on our life when we were kids. We tend to forget, that even as adults, we need outdoor time. Here are six health benefits of getting outside:
Summertime is approaching and you are itching to get out of dodge. Those warm, sunny days are calling you to come out and play. What’s more epic than a road trip? Hopping into the car and driving to a different destination to escape your daily routine, just screams summertime fun. Technically it is still spring, but Memorial Day weekend feels like the kick-off to summer activities, and we took advantage of taking some time off last weekend to go for a lovely 4 plus hour drive to a fun filled destination with friends and family. Now we want to plan a few more weekend road trip getaways!
Road trips, when planned right, can be both fun and healthy. Yes, I said healthy. Generally when you think of road trips, you think of hours in the car, sitting and eating junk food and hitting various numbers of fast food restaurants for a quick bite to eat. EEEERT! What? Stop. Just because you are riding in a car for hours, does not mean you should get lazy and eat like crap. When you fill your body with junk food and fatty processed fast foods, you are setting yourself up for feeling tired and crappy by the time you get to your destination. Who wants to feel like that? I sure don’t. That is where planning ahead comes into play. You take the time to plan where you want to go, what things you want to do there, when you should leave, what time you expect to arrive, which route(s) to take to get there, and even what to pack, why not plan your food and rest stops too? Here are some tips to help you figure out your healthier lifestyle options for the road:
Another one I found online that looked good is:
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.