When reaching for a health goal, we often ask ourselves, “how much time exactly am I supposed to spend exercising?” Well, the answer to this is relatively simple. When it comes down to it, you should be moving your body every day. However, there is a such thing as too much exercise, too. If you aren’t giving your muscles the time they need to rest and recuperate, you could actually be doing more harm than good.
So, we wanted to clear the air. And not only help clarify how much you need to be exercising in order to reach your health and wellness goals, but also, just how much you need to be moving your body in general.
Our bodies are our greatest tool. They are capable of so much, and we need to show our appreciation by keeping them healthy and happy. We’re all guilty of getting caught up in our busy schedules, and maybe not giving our body’s the little bit of TLC they deserve.
But, how do we change this?
Think about it this way. You should be moving your body every day. This doesn’t mean hitting the gym every day. But it does mean stretching your limbs and getting your blood flowing. Go for a short walk when you get home from work, or spend five minutes every morning stretching each muscle. Our bodies crave movement in order to fight off stiffness and fatigue, especially when we’re most likely spending the majority of our day working.
When you are trying to reach a specific fitness goal, you’re range of movement obviously has to be a little more intensive than a walk around the block. But how often you’re pushing your body is still important. While moving your body every day is necessary, so is a day of rest from any workout. Your muscles need time to recover from all that hard work you’re putting in. So, pick a day to skip the gym and stroll around your block instead.
And, to see the best results when reaching for your health and wellness goals, remember to switch it up. Challenge your muscles in different ways. Alternate between running, yoga classes, and riding your bike on different days of the week. Throw some circuit training and strength building exercises in there, and you’ll be feeling stronger faster than you can even say, “fitness.”
The goal to understanding whether or not you’re moving your body enough is really just to be in touch with yourself. Remember it’s important to treat our bodies right by taking them out for a spin each and every day. But also remember, that our muscles do need rest in order to keep working hard and keep us going.
The Fourth is right around the corner, which means a day of family, fun, and obviously, fireworks. Remember though, while you’re out basking in the sun, celebrating America’s birthday, to make sure your skin isn’t suffering.
We spend our Fourth bouncing between family get-togethers and barbecues, out hiking and hanging at the beach. And, however you choose to spend yours, chances are your skin’s going to need a little TLC.
So, we put together a couple guidelines to help you and your skin both enjoy the Fourth of July equally.
Know your SPF
Don’t let high SPFs fool you. The highest number isn’t necessarily the best for your skin. Most dermatologists actually recommend between a SPF 15-30. After that, the numbers just get silly, and aren’t even providing more protection than these lower SPFs. If you’re worried your skin is burning, then instead of lathering on an SPF 50, just reapply your SPF 30 frequently.
And, if you feel like your skin has had a little too much time in the sun, don’t worry, your day doesn’t have to end. Just pack yourself a stylish cover-up or lightweight t-shirt and throw it on. Pair this with a sun hat, and not only are you cool and covered, but also sunburn-free and ready to continue your Fourth of July festivities.
Pack That Lip Balm
Okay, so we remember our sunscreen to protect our bodies from the sun. But, what about our mouths? Our lips are some of the more sensitive skin on our face, however we often forget that they need protection, too. Make sure you pack a lip balm, and just like sunscreen, reapply throughout the day. Because burgers and brats just don’t taste as great when your lips are sunburnt.
Psssst, want to know what else needs protection from the sun? Your eyes. So, when you pack that lip balm, remember to toss in a pair of sunglasses, too.
And, hydrate your skin! When you’re spending all day out in the summer sun, it’s important to hydrate, inside and out. Make sure you’re drinking lots of the water. And, at the end of the day, make sure you give back some moisture to your skin (because, hey our skin gets thirsty, too).
May we recommend some leg softening cream to keep that skin feeling good? With ingredients like deionized water and Jojoba oil, our leg softening cream refreshes and nourishes the skin, without the use of any harsh chemicals.
So now, our skin can be just as psyched as we are to spend all day outside, under the summer sun. We hope you and your skin have a very happy and healthy Fourth of July.