With the arrival of longer days, warmer weather, and plenty of outdoor activities to take part in, it’s only natural that we tend to be more active this time of year. Unfortunately, too many of us think of traditional intense gym workouts when we think about movement and activity — and that’s enough to keep us home and on the couch. Movement is so much more than lifting weights and endless sessions on the treadmill, though. There’s no end to the number of ways you can get your body moving. Who knows — you might just find an activity that makes you love movement again!
Swim your way through summer
If you have access to a lake, the ocean, or a pool, swimming is a great way to keep cool and keep moving. It’s also a great option for people with joint pain or who prefer a less intense form of movement that’s still a great workout. And you don’t have to swim laps, either! Just keeping in motion in the water is a full-body workout that helps keep your joints and muscles limber.
Have a dance party
Dancing is one of our most instinctive forms of movement, even if your sense of rhythm seems to have taken a lifelong vacation. You don’t need to head to a barre class or the nightclub to incorporate dancing into your life — put on some music you love while you’re going about your day and let your body move to the beat the way it wants to. Check out our Spotify for our curated playlists!
Take an easy hike
The thought of going for a hike can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But don’t let the idea of specialized equipment, miles of trails, and a physically punishing pace put you off — you can hike without any of that! There are plenty of easy hiking trails and paths that allow you to take a nice leisurely nature walk; check online for parks, state forests, and nature preserves in your area. (And be sure to stay hydrated!)
Loosen up with yoga
Yoga is a tried-and-true practice that helps you not only stay flexible and active, but can also reduce stress and help you maintain balance and calm when life is chaotic. Don’t let the gentle movements and stretches fool you — yoga is a great full-body workout that incorporates good breathing habits and helps you stay in tune with your body.
Play like a kid again
When’s the last time you went down a slide or played a game of tag? When we’re young, movement is so joyful and fun that we call it “play.” There’s no reason not to recapture some of that joy as an adult, too! Whether you have kids or not, take inspiration from how they play. Let your inner child out on the playground or in the backyard and remember what it feels like to have fun while you’re moving.
If you’re just getting back into the movement habit and overdid it a little, EQ is here to help you go from sore to restored. Our Recovery Roll-On incorporates white willow bark and menthol with our premium CBD to give you rapid relief, soothing sore muscles and aching joints so you can get right back to the way you move.
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