With summer less than six weeks away, active season has officially started. That means many of us are moving around a lot more than we did during the colder months. It’s a great time to get into some form of exercise, and reconnect with the great outdoors!
When it comes to improving your health, the simplest solutions are often the most effective. Along with eating a natural, minimally-processed, plant-heavy diet and drinking water, integrating plenty of movement into your day is one of the best things you can do to promote your health and well-being. Our bodies don’t do well when they sit too much—they’re meant to move! People who exercise or move regularly generally experience better health and fewer problems than people who don’t.
But I understand that exercise can be daunting, and it can be hard to find the right fit. Some of us just don’t see the appeal in going to the gym, or waking up at 5 AM to go for a run. That’s what makes the warmer months such a great opportunity. They open up a whole new realm of ways to get you moving, because it’s more pleasant to be outside.
There are many ways to exercise. Find one that feels like fun, not work, and you’ll want to stick with it.
For example, my regular readers know that I love to go hiking. For me, it’s much more enlivening than just going for a walk or a run around my neighborhood. Not only do I get the benefit of movement, but I get to connect with nature and get away from the fast pace of city life. That means I’m more likely to do it. I don’t wake up on a Saturday and think, “oh no, I have to go exercise.” I wake up and think, “Hurray, I get to go on a hike!” It doesn’t feel like a chore, but an adventure.
There are so many options like that during the spring and summer months. Hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming—whatever your thing is, just dive in and do it. You’ll feel more energized and grounded in your body.
If you’ve been less active during the winter, I suggest scheduling a chiropractic adjustment to help tune up your body as you start to move more. It’ll get your body in alignment and reduce wear and tear from the increased activity.