Leading an active lifestyle can prove difficult in the summer months, when it seems like every weekend and weeknight is spent careening form one barbecue or family function to another, with not enough time to take part in the healthy exercise activities you enjoy.
In order to stay healthy and protect yourself from injuries in such an environment, you have to make time to be active in situations that don’t necessarily lend themselves to exercise. A new article highlights a variety of activities that you can take part in and that you can get others to participate in at upcoming festivities. Remember these things when you find yourself in a rut of inactivity.
It doesn’t require a whole lot of organization to get in a little bit of activity. For instance, if you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or visiting the same, make sure you have a football or a frisbee available. The simple act of catching, running, and chasing down these objects will enable you to get some fitness in on days when you would otherwise be stuck in one spot.
One thing to keep in mind as you engage in such an activity: you have to treat this type of workout like the workout that it is. The proper conditioning will help you to take part, and although others at the event might scoff, five minutes of stretching and even a light jog can help you avoid the kind of soreness and excessive pain that might result the next day. While you’ll be feeling great, all those other people who took part will feel like they need a day just to recuperate.
It doesn’t have to just be playing catch either. If you can get a whole group of people involved, you can take part in any number of games that will allow everyone to get in their fitness for the day. An impromptu game of volleyball, two hand touch football, or softball is possible if you set your mind to it and aren’t afraid to improvise a little bit. If the event you’re at takes place in someone’s large backyard or a park, these are a great way to spend the time.
Keep in mind, however, that if you’re going to be running around, you have to take note of any obstacles that could lead to an injury. Conduct a check of the area to make sure there aren’t any divots or tripping hazards that could leave you or someone else in worse shape than when you began.
For more insights on how to turn an inactive get-together into a beneficial workout for all involved, follow the link up top.
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