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Get Stepping This Summer With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

Summer is a great time to increase our activity. However, July and August usually heat up, which can make getting outdoors challenging.

Increasing your step count can combat a life full of too much sitting. It can also reduce your risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Read on for some creative ways to reach your step goal as temperatures rise.

Walk Inside

Many places are now open to the public. You can always walk on a treadmill at the gym. Walk around an indoor mall or track.

Make the most of your time with your kids during their after school activities by pacing the auditorium or arena. It might seem weird at first, but you can ask other parents to join you to start a new trend.

Walk Under Cover

Outdoor spaces -- such as a parking garage -- can shelter you from the sun and help you walk more. Park as you can from the building entrance in the parking garage. If you have time, walk a couple of laps around the garage before entering the building. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

Wake up Early or Stay out Late

Generally, you'll want to skip the outdoor lunch walk or the after-work stroll outside with your furry friend.

However, early morning walks before you start your day can be refreshing and cooler. An evening walk with your family can be a great way to end the day. Walking after dinner can also help with digestion and give you a great view of the setting sun.

Watch the Weather

Multiple days of summer sun are usually followed by a day with some cloud cover. Try to get an outdoor walk in when you have some cloud cover. Cool off with some light rain if it falls. Make sure to take shelter quickly if you see lightning or hear thunder. Monitor weather conditions on your phone during these walks in case they deteriorate.

Switch It Up

The summer heat combined with a busy schedule might disrupt your regular walking routine. Don't let this stress you out. Supplement this with other exercises such as swimming -- which can be fun and a great workout. You can also stay indoors with a yoga class, or try your hand at cycling to feel a cool breeze.

With some creativity, you can stay active and achieve your step count this summer.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rockville, Md.

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