Living in Balance: Summer

This is an archived post taken from the June 2012 edition of KrantzWellness News.

Relaxation
Summer is here!  As we move into this new season, we are given the opportunity to reflect on what it means to relax.  Summer provides longer days, warmer weather and increased time outdoors.  Many of us lose sight of the benefits of slowing down and taking time off from our usual routines.  Consider finding ways to relax this season to rebuild your reserves.  Maybe it’s taking a nap in a hammock, spending time at the beach or visiting with friends.  Whatever you decide, choose something that feeds your soul.

Exercise
The warmer weather makes it easier to change your existing exercise routine or start a new one.  Our bodies need regular physical activity but our minds may resist the idea of “exercise”.  Take a moment to think about a type of activity you would consider fun.  Is it a hike in the woods?  Playing outside with your kids?  Doing yoga by the water or going for bike ride?  The key is to find something you enjoy doing.  Your heart and mind will thank you, your soul will be gratified, your limbs will be more fluid and you’ll sleep better at night.  So while summer is here, take advantage of the sun, water, and earth and the nourishment they can offer.

Water, Water, Water
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I talk a lot about the importance of staying well hydrated.  Drinking enough water can make a substantial difference in how we feel both mentally and physically.   In the summer when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical.  If you don’t get enough water, you may experience headaches, poor digestion, dizziness, and fatigue.  Even with this knowledge, it can be challenging to drink all of the water our bodies need each day.   To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up.  Drinking water first thing in the morning, flushes out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead.  During the day, keep a bottle of water accessible whether you are on the go or sitting at a desk.  If you don’t like plain water, try adding some fruit or herbs (I enjoy mint leaves and a slice of lime).  It can also be helpful to add some cooling foods to your diet (ie. watermelon, cucumber, mint, coconut, radish, summer squash, citrus, fennel and cilantro)

Refreshing Summertime Recipes

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