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Keep an Active Piece of Summer in Your Heart

Written by the American Heart Association

Why do we sometimes get the blues at the end of summer? Is it because of the long, hot days beating down and drying out the landscape? Watching the days shorten and the mornings and evenings darken? Or is it the anticipation of giving up the casual summer clothes and vacation activities, and thinking ahead to tighter routines?

It’s natural to think of summer as a freer, more active time. But, as fall approaches and back to school mode creeps in, we don’t have to give up on the fun or abandon our physical activity routines. We can do ourselves a favor, and plan now to take the aspects of summer that we like and integrate them year round into a regular pattern for a healthy lifestyle and a healthier heart.

It’s important to exercise regularly, because the effects of exercise ebb away once physical activity stops. Most studies suggest many of the key benefits are lost in four to six weeks of inactivity.  So, keep that physical activity going and don’t let the blues cut your summer short or take a toll on your heart health.

What activities have been fun for you this summer? Motivation is a key consideration in keeping up an exercise routine. Having a workout partner also helps many people adhere to their physical activity plans. If you enjoyed that summer walk, picnic softball game or swim with the kids, think about ways to continue similar activities into the fall. Research has shown that people will be motivated more to participate in physical activity if it’s something they enjoy, feels like a positive experience and helps them feel relaxed or reduce tensions.

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Get Active, Stay Hydrated!

Written by the NEA Health Information Network

After the Polar Vortex that seemed to never want to end, summer is just around the corner! If you’re like us, you probably can’t wait to head outdoors and shake off those winter blues.

Who says that resolutions are only for January? Set a fitness goal to accomplish by summer’s end! Summer’s longer daylight hours make it easier to wake up early and get moving, or to get in a brisk walk after work.

STAY HYDRATED

Before you head out the door, be sure to grab two things: sunscreen and water.

Popular to contrary belief, you don’t need fancy sports drinks to hydrate while being active. Did you know that the average sports drink has nearly nine teaspoons of added sugar? That’s more than the daily suggested sugar limit for kids and teens!

Water is refreshing and free – and it does a great job keeping you hydrated while you’re on the move.