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Beat the Heat!

Beat the Heat!

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Summer has definitely arrived in sunny Jacksonville! As the temperatures rise, it’s important to take precautions if you like to exercise outdoors. To protect yourself from heat related problems, consider these tips: Try and get your workout in as early in the day as possible. Or, at least wait until the sun has set. The day will be the hottest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s important to avoid these hours. Early morning workouts will often be cooler than evening workouts, particularly if your routine involves visiting areas with cement or asphalt surfaces. Make sure to drink fluids throughout the day, particularly water. Also, make sure you have hydration stations set up for during and after your workout. Don’t forget to drink regularly throughout your workout, even if you’re not thirsty. Wear light colored clothing made of breathable or wicking fabrics. Appropriate clothing with help disperse the heat away from your body. Stay in the shade whenever possible. The temperatures on a shaded path can be 10-15 degrees cooler than a route in the direct sun. Consider putting a frozen sponge or ice cubes in your hat or sports bra. You’ll feel cooler for longer as the sponge thaws or ice melts. Listen to your body. If you feel dizzy, weak, or nauseous, do not push your luck. Stop your workout immediately. Taking care of yourself during summer workouts is essential! If you’d like additional tips for exercising during the hottest time of the year, give me a call. I’d be glad to help structure your workout so you can avoid the heat (as much as possible in beautiful Florida)! Photo courtesy of Omar-DZ and licensed under Creative...

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Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Get the Creative Juices Flowing

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We’ve already talked about the many ways that exercise can help you physically and mentally. But, did you know that exercise can also help you be more creative? Getting away from technology and into the beautiful outdoors is particularly beneficial to getting the creative juices flowing! University of Kansas professor, Ruth Ann Atchley, states in the Chicago Tribune, “The natural environment has a characteristic that some call ‘soft fascination.’ This means that environmental stimuli are emotionally positive.” In addition to natural beauty, the type of exercise you choose is important. Workouts that don’t involve much stimulation (think repetitive movements) are better than highly engaging sports, at least from a creativity standpoint. In other words, you’ll likely have more creative thoughts during a 3-mile jog than downhill skiing on a black diamond trail. Maintaining a regular exercise regime may bring even more creative benefits! An article in the Huff Post presents the finds of a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience determining that “regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers.” Researchers also concluded that “regular exercise seems to be associated with improved divergent and convergent thinking, which are considered the two components of creative thinking; the former involves thinking of multiple solutions for one problem, while the latter involves thinking of one solution for a problem,” according to the same study. Just another great reason to get outside and exercise! I’d love to hear from you! What type of workout gives you the greatest creative boost? Please reply in the comment section...

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