How is one supposed to do a little exercise outside in the midst of this scorching summer heat? And, does walking on a treadmill count as a workout? Those are two questions I’ve received recently from my readers so let me share what happens when you live down south where it’s hot and steamy for 5 months of the year.
Just when I thought I sweat enough at the gym, the summer heat comes back for seconds. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve made it a priority to stay active so that I can enjoy life with my family. So, even though some days I don’t feel like doing a high-intensity workout, there are other ways I can get moving at a slower pace.
Making this decision to stay healthy has made an enormous impact on me and my family’s lives.
Getting started with a workout routine in the middle of the summer isn’t always the most appealing idea; again the heat! Who wants to sweat and then go outside and sweat some more? Exactly. Enter the treadmill.
I recently started walking 20-30 minutes to get my blood moving and it has made a big difference in my mood. Gone is the guilt of “I didn’t do anything today” and in comes the endorphins from knowing I took some time for myself.
I also use the time on the treadmill to listen to guided meditation on my phone’s app (I use Breethe App on my phone) or watch Food Network. Hey, a girl can walk and eat food with her eyes at the same time, right?
What I like about walking on the treadmill during the hot summer months is that it’s indoors and pretty versatile. I mean, I can run, walk, add incline and do some intervals. Not to mention, the TV distracts me from feeling like I’m sweating to death, haha.
I know everyone is busy, I get you! With three kids and an endless to-do list, making trips to the gym can be tricky. I usually sneak a quick walk while they are at swim lessons, when they decide they are going to go to the childcare at the gym, or when big sister can watch the boys at the pool.
After 20-30 minutes I join them at the pool and boom. That’s two things for me in one shot. A little walking and a little sun -although because I use a high SPF you’d never know!
But seriously, I want to encourage you to find a little time to your self in the next few weeks. Back to school is around the corner and the schedule can get so crazy with all that the school year brings! Whether you have a treadmill in your basement or extra room collecting dust or a gym membership you aren’t using as much, I urge you to find the time for yourself; self-care is important.
So in the end, yes, it would count as a workout, but the most important thing is that you did something for yourself. And that, my friend, is what self-care is about. Taking the time to connect with yourself.
What are some ways you take the time for yourself and get moving during the summer months?