As Spring weather finally starts to lose its bite, people get excited about getting out and getting active again. At Olivera Weight Loss, we love to promote active time in the great outdoors as part of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle that supports wellness on every level. Let us take you through a few gentle tips and tricks for making the most of your time outdoors and building good habits to help make outdoor activities an integral part of your personal wellness program:
Make It Fun
People who are serious about their health do best if they lighten up about how they get active. Too often, the biggest saboteurs of building a healthy activity habit are sayings like “No pain no gain”. Why can’t being active just be fun? It doesn’t have to be a chore! In fact, people who gravitate toward activities they enjoy and find rewarding are much more likely to continue those activities for a lifetime of healthy habit-building – and they have fun doing it, too. Play hopscotch on a sidewalk, turn somersaults on soft grass, sign up for a silly themed 5k dash and go in full costume, find a favorite walking path…whatever gets you moving and in love with moving is what you will want to do over and over again!
Hydrate, Don’t Die-drate
Safe activity is well-hydrated activity. Get a water bottle that works well for your needs, and take it with you every time you go out to be active. Set points throughout your active time when you will stop and take a drink of water, to ensure that you have what you need to stay active as long as you want without experiencing fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, etc. Do you find you just can’t seem to get hydrated enough? Visit Olivera for IV Hydration Therapy to boost your baseline hydration level and help your body feel better fueled and ready for action!
To stay happy and active all day in beautiful weather, sunscreen is a must! Find a good sweatproof sunscreen that is a minimum of 30 spf, and reapply occasionally throughout the day, to ensure that you are well-protected from sun damage no matter how long you stay out and play.
Fuel Up with Healthy Choices
Ensuring proper nourishment over the course of any outing can make an activity truly enjoyable on every level. Pack a mix of fruit, veggies, nuts, and protein, with a little something sweet for a quick energy boost as well. The right blend of nutrients can ensure that not only are your senses delighted, but your body has what it needs to stay active all day long and feel great the next day, too. Not sure where to find healthy choices that taste great? Come to Olivera for a Weight Loss counseling session that includes learning about healthy food choices, with great-tasting suggestions and recipes to get you started.
Engage Your Senses
Any activity becomes so much more exciting when your whole body and mind are engaged in the experience. When you’re outside getting active, watch the way the sunlight plays on the grass, listen to the sounds of life and laughter carried on the breeze, smell the rich scent of the earth under your feet, and don’t be afraid to reach out and feel, just for a moment, the reassuring roughness of tree bark under your fingers or the familiar patterns of wear on that frisbee you’re throwing. Get to know the places you love to go, and let your connection with them deepen with time and experience. You won’t be able to stay away!
Olivera Weight Loss recognizes the value of getting active as part of a healthy lifestyle. We coach our patients to find the activities that work best for their needs, and we believe that healthy living is for everybody and every body. Make your next appointment today, and let us help you create a plan for whole body health and wellness that fits your life!