Summer is Here!
Summer is nearly here, the kids will be out of school soon, the sun is shining and the temps are starting to rise. Around this time of the year we all start to get in a really good mood and whenever we step out the door it seems a smile just rushes to your face. Well that’s at least how I feel.
Around this time of year, I get so excited to just get outside, well rather to be able to go outside. As a New Englander, I am not surprised when we get a snowstorm in March. So by May I am grateful for the warmer weather. While siting on a lawn chair at the beach is one of my favorite summer pastimes, the summer is also a great time to get in shape as well. With the warmer temperatures, there are a lot of affordable ways to burn the calories this time of year.
Since the snow piles have finally melted on the side of the street, jogging outdoors is an option once again. So if you don’t have a gym membership, run outside for free! However there are a few tips to keep in mind when jogging or exercising outdoors. First, always run on a sidewalk, never run on the side of the road, because the road is for cars not joggers, so be aware of your surroundings and always cross the street with caution. Second, only run during “safe” times of the day. Midnight is not a smart time for a jog, even in the safest of areas. Thirdly, with the warmer temperatures, running outside can be dangerous if you get dehydrated or become susceptible to heat stroke. So drink plenty of water and stay away from peak sun hours, usually around 11:00am-1:30pm.
When you say “take a hike” to someone you are usually not inviting them to go for a relaxing stroll through a state park. However, maybe you should. Hiking is a great activity. Whether you are trying to lose weight, relax after a stressful day or just get outside and enjoy nature, hiking can be a great option.
Hiking can mean anything from climbing a mountain to walking around your woods with your kids. Either way, you are getting outdoors, breathing the fresh air and exploring your local wildlife. This means that hiking can be as convenient as you want it to be. You can explore the back yard or fly to a foreign country. And that is what makes hiking such a great activity for everyone—it is totally customizable.
Some things to consider when planning your next hiking trip are who will be joining you, where are you going and how long will your hike be. Regarding who will be in your hiking party, you should think about the ages, fitness levels and general hiking experience. If you are taking grandma and your 5 year old daughter I would not suggest Kilimanjaro, and at the same time, if it is you and five 20 year old seasoned mountaineers they might find strolling through your backyard a bit boring. So find something that your group will find fun and interesting, yet not overwhelmingly difficult.
Once you know where you are going you should check the weather conditions for the day and read up on any hikers tips that you can find on the internet or in a guide book. Even knowing things like where to par when you get there can make your day all the more enjoyable. So try to plan ahead so you can avoid any of those little headaches that can ruin a trip.
And finally, depending how long your journey will be—a day trip or a month long trek—will determine the amount and type of supplies that you bring along. This may take some research if you are not an experienced hiker. However, so tips are: pack only the essentials and make sure you have enough food and water.
So get out there and enjoy the weather and maybe burn a calorie or two as well!