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Tips to Feel Ah-Mazing This Summer

By Shane YoungJuly 16, 2015

There’s really not much that can beat a San Francisco summer. Sure, it may not be as warm and sunny as some places but there is just so much to do. Block parties, cultural events, outdoor concerts and music festivals, Golden Gate Park, biking, hiking, you name it! And come on, who doesn’t love lounging the day away at our beautiful Dolores Park!?

To make sure our bodies are ready for days filled with adventure, it’s important to feel great. During the summer, we often react to the heat and a slower pace of work which can leave us feeling tired and lethargic. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the Mission can get just a little too stuffy with all the people and constant activity!

That’s why it’s essential to tune in, to listen to our bodies, and adequately refuel so we can tackle each and every summertime adventure! We need to remember to nourish and hydrate our bodies from the inside-out, hold ourselves accountable to our fitness goals, and #pushpause by breathing and sleeping enough each night.

Nourish and Hydrate

Summer is the perfect season to eat local, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables so stock up! We’re fortunate to live in a city with farmers’ markets galore so get out there and explore! Be sure to incorporate lean proteins and healthful fats to keep your energy levels up and drink plenty of water throughout the day especially when it’s hot and you’re active.

Get Moving!

When it’s hot and humid outside, it’s easy to want to stay indoors in the air conditioning and watch Netflix all day! Resist the temptation by rewarding yourself with a quiet show to wind down after a long, active day. Take an early morning class here at Ascend Body, go for a bike ride, or check out a new hiking trail! And, if you’re at work, take a stroll up and down the stairs or around the office, do some bodyweight exercises, or head outside for some fresh air and a quick walk.

#PushPause

If you’re like me, just the word summer hinders productivity! If you notice your attention wandering and need to refocus, the best thing you can do is breathe. Practicing mindfulness has incredible health benefits and a few minutes “offline” will do wonders later in the day. If you have no idea where to start, simply try ten deep, belly breaths while you’re at work or while in bed before falling asleep. This mindful activity will help regulate your heartbeat, disperse oxygen throughout your body, and calm your mind. It’s important to sleep restfully, too, to ensure your body has the chance to re-energize and keep up with all you want to do this summer!

Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and live it up San Francisco style! We’ll be there too.

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