With the days getting warmer, and the nights stretching out a little bit longer, the summer season is once again upon us. With the heat ever increasing, it’s very important to remember that the list of activities you perform daily must change with the seasons. The physical stress upon your body can be very severe during the hotter months, and even the recovery time for procedures can be very different.
One of the most important aspects of seasonal climate change can be the necessity for additional water to stay healthy and hydrated. Simple activities like regular walks and light exercises that may be done during the cooler months, can cause your body to react quite differently during the warmer months. Monitoring your heart rate, and making sure to not over-exert yourself should be regular occurrences. Learning to pace yourself during the warmer months is a good practice. Remember to keep track of how long your walk is, or set reminders to let you know when you should take a break.
Indoor activities can help give you something to do that will help avoid the heat, and many locations provide terrific things to do that will pass the time. There are many museums, and cultural centers that can entertain someone for hours. Swimming is also another way to keep cool while getting some light exercise. Remember to use plenty of sunscreen, and to take regular breaks from the sun.
Tending to a garden is a delightful activity that can also help keep your body moving regularly. Exercising your green thumb can be very cathartic, and provide a lot of mental stimulation as well. Studies have shown that gardening can be a great activity to lower blood pressure and alleviate stress.
Whatever activities you decide to take part in, the main thing to keep in mind is that your activities don’t have to end during the warmer months, they just need to be monitored a little more. Your health is the most important thing you have control over, and it takes hard work to get consistent exercise while taking regular breaks. We continue to strive to provide ideas, support, and answers to any concerns you might have. Our caretakers know how these conditions can affect you, and we take the time to understand how to best work through them safely, with your healing in mind. Now get out there and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, and remember- take breaks!