Summer is a time that most of us look forward to with eager anticipation. Warmer weather and vacations provide excellent opportunities for fun and relaxation. Whether it’s swimming, cycling, hiking, or rock climbing, engaging in summer sports and activities can significantly improve physical and mental well-being.
To ensure that you benefit from all the summer has to offer, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Work up to a workout
Don’t jump (literally) into an intense exercise regimen! Work up to more vigorous levels of exercise by starting slowly. Walking is a great way to get in shape. Taking a walk in a natural environment with lots of greenery has been shown to have a relaxing, health-promoting effect.1-3 Gradually increase walking distance and speed. Enlist a buddy for greater safety and more fun.
Support your body with optimal nutrition
Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy body. Supplements are a quick and easy way to boost optimal nutrition while on vacation, especially with increased physical activity. A one- or two-per-day multinutrient formula is a convenient way to meet your nutritional needs when you’re on vacation and don’t want to pack a number of supplement bottles. Add to that a protein powder to support hard-working muscles, and you’re good to go.Read more ↷
Longer days and more time spent outdoors means greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. A sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) is a must to help prevent painful sunburn and premature skin aging. Be generous with the amount of sunscreen used and reapply often. For added protection, try one of the new oral sun protection formulas that guard against UV-induced damage to the skin’s DNA that can lead to the appearance of aged skin.4,5
Work those legs
The femur, located in the upper leg, is the largest bone in the body. Keep your bones healthy by providing them with the nutrients they need, including calcium, magnesium, boron, zinc, manganese, and silicon, along with vitamin D. Bone-building supplements in chewable form can be popped into a handbag or backpack and consumed at your convenience.
Minor aches and pains in the leg joints can often be prevented by providing the cartilage with long-term support. Botanical extracts such as those from Chinese skullcap, cutch tree, and white mulberry are among the most beneficial in helping to maintain comfortable joints and freedom of movement.6,7
Don’t forget your eyes
The eyes are also susceptible to damage from the sun. Wearing ultraviolet and blue-blocking sunglasses may not only help protect the delicate skin around the eyes but also protect eye health and guard against injury.
Don’t overdo it!
The soreness that can follow vigorous or prolonged physical activity is a phenomenon that is well-known even among elite athletes. Taking time to ease into an exercise regimen or sport can minimize the risk of injury. Tart cherries support muscle recovery after exertion and can be consumed in convenient capsules.8 Natural compounds like honokiol found in magnolia bark and the fatty acid palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) also relieve discomfort and help maintain physical well-being — so you’re less likely to be sidelined when you want to enjoy all that summer has to offer, all summer long.9,10
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