The Indian summer is here, it’s very easy to get in the frame of mind that physical activity can be forgone till such a time when weather cools down somewhat. But it’s very important to keep up with your fitness regime, as the positive effects of exercise recede once physical activity has stopped. A lot of evidence exists to suggest that much of the benefits are lost within four to six weeks of inactivity. So, keep that physical activity going and don’t let the summer blues cut your workout short or take a toll on your health.
When deciding on the activity type, make sure it’s something that you enjoy. Motivation plays a deciding role in how regular you would be with your exercise routine. For some people having a workout partner helps them in adhering to their exercise plan.Research has shown that the activities that people enjoy are more likely to keep them motivated and regular. If you enjoyed walking, running, cycling or any other form of outdoor activity in winters, but find it tough to keep it up during summers try moving the activity indoors, may be a treadmill or cross trainer of a stationary cycle. So keep the activists which relax you or reduce your tension levels going.
Most people believe that high intensity activities are the only once that will reap health benefits; this is not true at all, in fact even a modest increase in weekly physical activity could have fairly profound implications on your health.
If possible consider biking and walking to the places you need to go daily (school, work, and stores); if heat turns out to be a considerably inconveniences, consider an early morning or evening brisk walk. Even a walk at the local shopping mall is a good idea. Nothing beats the pool in summers so grab your swimming trunks/suits and jump in.
According to the American Heart Association, adults of the age of 20 years and above should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week. People who are short on time and are physically able to perform high intensity activities can do 75 minutes high intensity activities per week. Of course a combination of the two types can also be performed.
With the transition in the society and the dawn of the digital age, the activity levels of the children have gone down considerably. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of moderate- or vigorous-intensity activity daily.
So keep you activity levels higher, sit less and you’ll improve the quality of your life and heart.