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VOTE: How Will You Get Fit This Summer?

Looking to keep yourself healthy by staying active? Read some tips and ways to beat the summer heat.

It’s summer time and you know what that means – more ice cream bars and sugary sweets. Looking for a way to stay active and help prevent food-induced diseases such as diabetes? No need to worry because we’re here to give you some tips to getting fit to keep your body in shape. 

Staying active in small ways can often reap the most benefit.

  • Take your dog for a walk every morning or enjoy a walk with a friend or co-worker after lunch.
  • Play beach volleyball, take a hike or go for a swim. Instead of lying in the sun for hours, get up and do something active while soaking up some rays.
  • Try a new physical activity, whether it is going for a bike ride, running downtown or practicing yoga.
  • Join a sports team. Exercising with others helps encourage you to stay active. 
  • Hire a personal trainer
  • Train for a race. Summer is when communities celebrate exercising outdoors. Many races are available in your neighborhood (see below).  

When it’s 80-plus outside and you’ve already worked a long day, it’s difficult to find the motivation to face the heat. Here are some tips:

  1. Exercise at the coolest time of the day, typically early in the morning before work or late at night
  2. If it’s too hot outside, train inside in an air-conditioned space. Take advantage of your gym membership or follow along to a fitness DVD.
  3. Hydrate before you get thirsty. Make sure you’re hydrated before you start your run.
  4. When running farther distances, plan out your route to incorporate water stops at water fountains or friends’ houses.
  5. Stay in the shade when exercising. It can be up to 10 degrees cooler.
  6. Wear breathable, wicking clothes that will allow your skin to stay cooler
  7. If the heat is too much, split up your workout into two sessions or shorten it based on what your body needs

Every summer there are thousands of races and active events nationwide. Sign up for one near you:

There are so many places around town to stay active. Find the one you're looking for:

Check out active events near you

Watzon McWats July 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Aside from our obvious beaches and mountains, the levee and slough trails in Watsonville are a great way to get some exercise close to home. They're really an underused resource, and I feel like perhaps the city would take better care of them and add the additional trails they've been planning if people used them more often. You can walk or bike all the way from Holohan/E Lake to the mouth of the Pajaro along the levee trail system. Parts of the Pajaro levee around main street are kind of ratty with some homeless encampments, but again, if people used them more, maybe the city would clean it up more than once a year.
Watzon McWats July 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Repealing Municipal Code 4-1.17 which bans all skateboards, roller skates, and scooters on public streets and sidewalks would help too. There's no reason we can't all share our roads while participating in healthy activities.
Jennifer Squires July 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The city council did change skateboard laws so you can use them in city parks now.
Watzon McWats July 20, 2012 at 09:47 PM
And that was a great move on there part! I still think they should take it one step further and legalize skateboards, roller skates, scooters, etc, city wide. If they are worried about people grinding curbs, loitering, etc, those are separate issues. The simple act of skating around town hurts no one though. Blanket bans like that are unfair. Other than health, another benefit to skating is that when the bike rack fills up on the bus, you're outta luck, but skateboards are allowed inside the bus. You can carry them with you, don't need to lock them up, they're fairly cheap, etc. Good clean healthy way to get around.

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