Categorized as: Health Tips

6 Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 2.14.47 PMKeeping yourself hydrated under hot weather conditions is very important and becomes even more important when performing strenuous physical activity. Out here in the dunes, people can head out for a long hike or spend the day on the beach, and not realize they haven’t had enough water. Sometimes people don’t drink enough water because they prefer something with flavor, or it’s difficult for them to drink water when they aren’t feeling thirsty. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated.

1. Drink Before You Feel Thirsty. If you feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. Rather than drinking to quench your thirst, it is healthier to replenish fluids regularly, even when you don’t feel thirsty.

2. Drink Water NOT Sugary Drinks! Sugary drinks and soft drinks might feel thirst quenching, but they also contain excess calories and caffeine and offer zero nutritional benefit.

3. Keep a Water Bottle with You. Having a reusable water bottle handy is a good idea. Even if you don’t plan on doing any strenuous activity outdoors, having a water bottle on hand will allow you to drink regularly and before you feel thirsty.

4. Add Fresh Fruit or Fizz. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are great water infusers. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well. Adding fruit is a great way to add a little flavor to your water without adding too many calories. Add fruit to sparkling water to get the bubbles and fizz with flavor.

5. Have a Sports Drink During Vigorous Exercise. Running trails and beaches, biking, hiking and beach volleyball are all common summer activities in the dunes. Even swimming can cause the body to produce excessive sweat in high temperatures. With vigorous exercise a sport drink might be more useful than water since it can also replenish any nutrients and electrolytes lost in your sweat.

6. Eat Your Water. Try adding more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content to your meals and snacks on the days you plan on being outside in hot weather conditions. Check out our local Farmer’s Markets to stock up!

5 Healthy Habits To Do Every Day

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We all want to be healthier, right? Well, living in the dunes makes it easy to stay healthy! Add these 5 healthy habits to your life and get happier and healthier starting today.

1.Exercise for at least 20 minutes. We all need at least 20 minutes daily to combat aging and disease. What happens if you don’t floss and brush your teeth? They fall out! What happens if you don’t exercise your body? It falls apart! Move it or lose it! Hit a trail, walk the beach, swim in the lake or just walk your dog. The more you get out and get moving the better!

2. Drink more water. Keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on health, yet many fail to drink enough. Water is needed by every cell and organ in the body to function properly. Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and when your out on the beach or in the sun, add a few more. It’s easy to get dehydrated!

3. Go to Bed Early. Most of us get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount is 7 to 9 hours. If you’re not getting enough, that’s stress to your body. Stress leads to all sorts of health issues. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Benjamin Franklin

4. Smile! Gratitude is the right attitude. Smiling – whether it’s forced or not – leads to health benefits like stress reduction. Living out in the dunes makes it easy to smile. Watch a beautiful sunset or take a walk to look at the beautiful shoreline and it’s sure to turn your frown upside down. Laughter really is the best medicine!

5. Give someone a hug. Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. You can even hug your pet to reap the benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your summer and start these 5 healthy habits today!

So You Want to Run? Simple Steps to Success (Part 2)

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So…you got out and you started walking. Right? You started slowly and added intervals of running along with the walking. Right? You’ve built up your endurance. You’re even getting into a routine. Right? Excellent! Stick with it and your goal of becoming more active this summer is close at hand (or feet in this case).

You’re probably wondering what to do next. Right? Well it just so happens, I’ve got a few more tips to help keep you moving forward.

Sign Up, Already!

Remember the Beverly Shores 9th annual Necktie 5k Walk & Run is on Saturday, June 18 (Father’s Day Weekend) . It’s only 3 miles (3.1 miles to be exact). You can do this! Whether you plan to walk, run or do a combination of both, now is the time to register. Early registration for the Necktie 5K is $20 (or $15 without a t-shirt).  It includes your race t-shirt, race number, and food \ drink after the race.  Goodie bags will be available for anyone who wants them.  After June 6, 2016, the registration fee will increase to $25 for all runners. The race is limited to 500 registrations, so register today.

Just Have Fun

Getting and staying in shape can be fun. Do what you enjoy! 5Ks are a great way to meet people and stay in good shape. Once you’ve completed one you’ll want to do more. Most 5Ks are fundraisers benefiting different organizations. What’s better than giving back to your community while doing something good for yourself? It’s a win win.

Keep Training

Keep combining intervals of walking and running. Remember to warm up with a minimum 10-minute walk and light calisthenics before running. A longer warm-up will allow your body to reach its steady state sooner. Steady state is when your body’s demand for oxygen and its consumption are equal. Oxygen intake is adequate! This means your not gasping for each breath. Use the talk test!

Start slow, be consistent and add gradual progressions to your running lengths and total time or distance. If you feel you’re working to hard, you are. The intensity level is up to you and you body. Listen to your body, gauge your  intensity using the Rate of Perceived Exertion Scale. Stick with any increases in your program for at least 2-3 weeks before attempting to increase again. This will build your stamina.

Always Stretch and Rest

The most important day in any beginning or intermediate running program is a rest day. Rest days are as vital as training days. They give your muscles time to recover so you can run again. Actually, your muscles will build in strength as you rest. Without recovery days, you will not improve. Remember to stretch 10-15 minutes after each session. The longer you run the more time you’ll want to spend stretching. Visit this link for some easy stretches you can do.

Show Up Race Day

A lot of people blow this one. You gotta show up! You can do it. Even if you didn’t stick 100% to a training program, or aren’t exactly where you wanted to be, you can still do it! Call it a race day jitters, but you will find a way to accomplish what you have set out to do. It’s also a lot of fun to be part of something with a lot of other people and the rush will give you a boost once you get going. Walk or run, but don’t let your goal fall by the side of the road.

This year, I’ll be leading the warm-up before the race and there’s usually some fun stuff after the race too. Live music, an award ceremony to honor the fastest walkers and runners in each age category then Yoga on the beach so we can stretch out those tight muscles. It’s a great place to enjoy your accomplishment with friends and also a great place to meet like-minded folks and maybe, just maybe you’ll sign up for your next 5K.

Let’s all get out there and walk or run together!

So You Want to Run? Simple Steps to Success

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By Troy L. Ford
The running season is here and Beverly Shores, Indiana will hold 9th annual Necktie 5K Walk & Run on Saturday, June 18 (Father’s Day Weekend) at 8 AM. This is the first of two articles to help prepare you for the event. The 5K Walk & Run is a great way to celebrate Dad and to welcome the summer season.

Running is a simple sport. You need no special equipment (other than a good pair of shoes), and you can run almost anywhere. Unlike most sports, you don’t have to be an expert to participate. Even though running is simple, unless you are already physically active in a sport or fitness program, do not jump feet-first into running. The first step to getting started in any fitness program (after getting a physical exam from your physician) is walking.
Below are five simple steps that will help you train for the Necktie 5K:

Start Slowly

Try walking for at least one full week. Begin with 20 minutes for the first four days with your goal to reach 30 minutes by the end of the week. Once you can walk 30 minutes comfortably, you can begin adding in brief periods or intervals of slow jogging. I’m talking 30 seconds up to a few minutes. Don’t over do it!
Do not try sprinting or running fast. Many beginning runners make the mistake of trying to run too much, too soon, and too fast. You are not trying out for a track team. You should run slow enough that you could talk comfortably (even though you may not fell like it). If you can’t carry on a conversation because you’re gasping for breath, you are going to fast. For those interested in competitively racing, you can slowly add speed after you’ve built a solid foundation of running. Don’t worry, you can’t run too slow starting out, but you can go too fast. Going slower will ensure your body becomes more efficient, allowing you to take in more oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide. Your stamina and lung capacity will increase but you’ve got to begin slowly. Going too fast will leave you out of breath, and your leg muscles will scream for mercy. You’ll hit the fatigue wall too soon, you won’t want to run again for a week (or longer) and you’ll never increase stamina or lung capacity. This should be enjoyable! If you do it right, it can be. You’ve heard of the runner’s high, right?
Combine Regular Intervals of Walking & Running

Most running books recommend a walk/run program for beginners. Whether you walk four minutes and run two or walk two minutes and run one, the concept is the same. Start out walking and then follow with a shorter period of slow running. Try several cycles of this until you reach 20 minutes. Remember the talk test! If you get too winded, slow down until you catch your breath. Then try the run again when ready. Training is a science. Keeping it simple is the key. If you feel you are working too hard, you are. Gradual progressions in time and intensity are the best rules to follow.
After you feel comfortable with 20 minutes, you can increase to 30 minutes. For your first month, however, do not go beyond 30 minutes or three miles. Although you may be able to do more, your goal is to develop consistency while getting in shape.

Get into a Routine

When you first start out, do your run/walk workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Then rest or do an easy walk on the other three days. Find an easy place to begin your training. A trail or a road less travel by cars is best. Leave running on the beach until later in the program.

Warm-Up First \ Stretch After

No matter where you are in your running program, never forget to warm up. A great warm-up should consist of at least a ten-minute walk. This s done to warm up all the working muscles and prepare the body for the increased oxygen demand. Unlike cars, bodies don’t go from 0 to 100 MPH in 6 seconds. The warm-up should also include some light calisthenics. Save the serious static stretching for after the workout when the muscles are more pliable. Spend a good 10-15 minutes after your run stretching out, so you are ready for your next bout. Your body will thank you by readying itself to do it again. You’ll also limit your risk for injuries.

Find a Friend

You may find it easier to commit to a running program if you can find someone else to work out with you. You will help keep each other motivated and you will be less likely to skip runs. Don’t allow your low fitness level, inexperience, lack of time, fatigue, or fear of failure stop you. Now is the time!
Yes, you have so much to consider when beginning a running program. If you have your goal clearly in mind and you are committed, you will succeed!

Troy L. Ford is the owner of TroyBuilt Fitness and Official Trainer for the Necktie 5K, visit the Necktie 5K website at www.necktierun.com.