Hydrate and Stretch this Summer!
July 18, 2022 | Jody Gatewood
Summer is in full swing and my kids are busy with sports camps and day camps. My son is doing a strength and conditioning camp and the first day after camp his legs were sore! I encouraged him to do some leg stretches to help loosen them up. I got to thinking there are lots of activities we do during the summer that might make our legs a bit sore. Going for hikes, riding bikes, playing sports, walking while sightseeing on vacation and more! A new physical activity video we have on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. that might be helpful when you have sore legs is our Lower Body Stretch. It can be done as a standalone stretch or done when the body is warmed up for a deeper stretch.
Another thing to be mindful of during the summer is staying hydrated. My daughter is doing a day camp for a few weeks this summer and they spend most of the time outside. She takes a water bottle with her to drink throughout the day. In addition to carrying a water bottle, here are a few more tips for staying hydrated:
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Make it a habit to drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning.
- Flavor your water. Add some lemon slices to your water or use frozen fruit as ice cubes.
- Take water breaks. Set a timer to remind you to take a break and drink water throughout the day. If you get up and move at the same time you will get both a physical activity break and a water break!
- Eat your water. In addition to drinking water, eat foods that are high in water including cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, spinach, strawberries, peaches and bell peppers.
I hope you are enjoying your summer!