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Outdoor exercises to enjoy the summer

Updated: Jul 18, 2014 03:16 PM
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By Tiffany Tseng

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate nature. While some people might opt to stay at home due to the elevating heat outdoors, exercising and exploring the outdoors during summer can help increase their overall sense of wellbeing. Not only does exercise in general contribute to staying fit and healthy, moderate amounts of sunshine has also been shown to increase vitamin D synthesis in our skin, increase feel-good endorphins, and increase social activity. Here are some suggestions for some outdoor activities that can help you stay active during the summer.

Water Sports & Swimming

During summertime, swimming and water sports may be the ideal forms of exercise, since you will not experience the unpleasant "sticky" feeling of perspiration. Similarly, water sports may also keep you feeling cool under the sun. Some water sports you may want to check out include:

Kayaking
Water skiing
Surfing
Body boarding
Boogie boarding
Jet skiing
Sailing
Water peddling
Scuba diving
Snorkeling
Rowing
Fishing

Beach Activities

The beach, a vast playground of endless activities and opportunities to exercise, is often synonymous with summertime. You can have a change of scenery by performing your normal exercise routine on or near the beach. It is also a great opportunity to socialize and spend time with your loved ones. Some activities that are fun and can help you stay fit on the beach include:

Jogging (try jogging along the water line for a new experience)
Cycling
Ultimate Frisbee
Beach volleyball
Badminton
Flag football
Relay team sprints
Walking your dog
Rollerblading

Other Great Summer Outdoor Activities

Don't live near the beach or a large body of water for water sports? There are still other fun ways to soak up the sunshine and get your blood pumping. Here are some suggestions:

Hiking
Cycling
Outdoor Yoga
Stroll around your neighborhood
Water balloon fight
Jogging
Rock climbing
Horseback riding
"Treasure" hunting (such as geocaching - there are several organizations that sponsor national-level treasure searching)

Tips on Staying Cool

Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, and exercising extensively in the sun is no exception. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy and avoid heat-related illnesses:

Stay hydrated
Wear sunscreen
Wear protective clothing that are well-ventilated
Avoid the midday sun
Have plenty of shade around

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it could be a sign of possible heat-related illness. Be sure to stop your activity, seek cool shade, and replenish your fluids. If the symptoms worsen, be sure to seek medical help immediately:

Dizziness and headache
Confusion
Lack of sweating despite high body temperature
Nausea or vomiting
Weakness
Rapid or irregular heart beat


This article was originally posted on SymptomFind.com

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