Staying active and healthy during the Arizona heat can be as much a struggle as northern residents have during the cold of winter. Arizona ranks 4th highest in incidents related to cardiovascular disease according to America’s Health Rankings. Here are some tips to staying active and healthy during an Arizona summer.
Perform outside physical activities early in the morning or evening to avoid the heat and exposure to the sun.
I know this is a DUH…but drink plenty of water.
Unlike the people in the South, when we sweat it immediately evaporates off our skin and our clothes don’t gain 2 pounds in water weight to let us know we are sweating. Drink plenty of water
If your urine is the color of your morning apple juice then you are dehydrated. Drink Plenty of water
As you can see, you need to drink plenty of water. If you are active outdoors you need to drink at least a gallon or more to stay properly hydrated
Join a gym. Local heath clubs offer a nice cool environment for you to work out. Many have television and day care. So turn up the temperature on your AC at home, and hit the gym to stay cool. You can get fit while saving a couple of dollars on your electric bill
Go for a swim. Best of both worlds, great cardio and stay cool in your pool. (Swimming burns 400-900 calories per hour)
When the Valley is 115 and its not ASU’s mascot walking around in your neighborhood, but the Devil himself, its a great time to get out of town. Arizona is amazing you take a drive 2 hours to the north or east of Phoenix and you in some of the best weather in the country. If you have yet to hike Sedona or the Mogollon Rim you are missing something. (Hiking burns 200-400 calories per hour)
Work out at home. Want a designed home program? Contact us to set up an appointment and we will have our trained staff create a custom program designed to fit your needs.