Sick of sitting around, feeling lazy, and staring at your smartphone? This may ring especially true after a late winter/spring stuck at home in quarantine. Larry Greenfield, a certified fitness coach from New York shares his simple guide to being more fit and healthy this summer for those who are looking to make a change.
Larry Greenfield is a certified fitness coach from New York, NY, who specializes in helping men and women get into the best shape of their life. In this guide, he will share tips and encouragement for being healthier and improving your body, mind, and spirit.
Summer is finally here and most of us are allowed to leave our houses for some (socially distant) exercise. The best tip to get started on a healthier life is pretty simple — get outside. Whether you are walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling, there is nothing like working up a sweat with the sun beating down and the fresh air around you. This is good for your cardiovascular health but also your mental health and mood.
Summer is the best time of year to enjoy seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables. By reaching for a juicy mango at your local farmer’s market instead of a sugary dessert, you will ensure your summer is off to a healthy and delicious start. Some of summer’s best offerings include mangoes, plums, tomatoes, peaches, berries, oranges, and watermelon.
Water is important to stay healthy year-round. But it becomes even more important in the summer as temperatures increase. The best practice is to get a refillable water bottle and bring it with you everywhere to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. If you are getting sick of plain water, add a lemon or some fresh berries into your water for a burst of fresh flavor.
Just as important as bringing water with you everywhere during the sweltering summer months, you should also wear SPF (Sun Protection Factor) any time you leave the house. Even if you think you are just walking a block or two to work, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are going swimming, hiking, or doing anything outdoors for a prolonged period of time, SPF becomes even more important in avoiding a nasty sunburn. Also, don’t forget to reapply and wait at least 15 minutes before getting in the water or breaking a major sweat after you apply your sunscreen.
Summertime is here and we hope the living is easy for you. To enjoy the best, healthiest, safest summer as possible, follow the tips above. Remember, summer is a great time to get started on your fitness goals and your diet goals with lots of fresh, delicious produce and outdoor activities.
About Larry Greenfield
Larry Greenfield is a New York-based certified fitness coach with almost 20 years of experience working with men and women over 40. Coach Larry takes into account body composition, energy levels, availability of equipment, preferences, and the lifestyle of each client. His coaching plans are individualized, realistic, and focused on long-term benefits.