It’s summertime and the rain is slow in coming. Now is the time to go out and partake of all activities that summer affords us. Normally, this is also the time your Massage Therapist is going to remind you to stay hydrated. I will second that sentiment, but I am going to add one more.
Even though we live in the Sunshine State, I hear people say that they don’t swim or go in the water. WHAT?!? This season, I am going to gently recommend that you find your way into the pool, the lakes, the rivers, the springs, even (gasp!) the beach. Why? Because on several levels, going swimming is one of the best “detox” and exercise solutions you can invest in.
The gradient pressure of the water as you move through it stimulates your lymphatic system, helping to move stagnant metabolic waste out of your body. This strengthens your immune responses. (Plus, it’s way more fun than sweating out the junk.)
Obviously, it is exercise. Water based exercises are great for those who suffer from achy joints, bad backs, and weight issues. Exercising in the water burns as many, if not more, calories as running with less strain on your body. Remember, in the water, your body weighs less than on solid ground. You get resistance training thrown in for good measure. And … no one enjoys heat stroke.
Best of all, it is FUN. Nothing helps boost your immune system and reduce your weight as much as a plain, old fashioned good time. Plan to get out in the fresh air with some friends, family, or even by yourself for some down time in the water and watch how quickly your stress levels decrease and your muscles tone up.
Love yourself this summer. Get your Vitamin D (but wear your sunscreen), get fit, get happy, and enjoy the outside!