Warm up to wellness and self-care this summer with these tips
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – With summer in the Philippines now in full swing, the rise in temperatures can bring a loss in motivation to stay active. While it’s always good to take a break, doing things to improve your fitness and wellness always goes a long way towards keeping your overall health in tip-top shape.
Good health goes way beyond having a fit body. Eating right, sleeping well, and properly managing stress all are just as important. With restrictions on travel and movement affecting the ways we normally go about our lives, we have to deal with the reality of not being able to do most of things we used to – which can definitely leave us feeling overwhelmed. By not being able to exercise the way we used to, travel to all the places we want to go, or to see our friends and loved ones as often as we’d like – when put together, all those things can affect our physical, mental, and emotional health.
By understanding the connections between physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and stress relief, Fitbit is committed to helping Filipinos achieve better overall health. Through groundbreaking technology geared for not only for fitness, but also for life, Fitbit aims to bring the Future of Fit to the wrists of all Filipinos looking to get and stay healthy.
With most of us spending our summers indoors, here are Fitbit’s exercise and self-care tips to help you make the most of the season:
- HIIT those Workout Sessions Hard
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is defined as training methods that involve repeated bouts of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. The benefits of HIIT can include maximizing calories burned in a short amount of time, a higher metabolic rate, fat loss, lower heart rate, and reduced blood sugar.
Shake up a slow-and-steady workout by mixing up heart-pumping movements like squats, push-ups, and jumping jacks – all of which you can do in the safety of your own homes. With Fitbit’s 24/7 heart rate tracking technology and Active Zone Minutes to inform you when you’re in target heart rate, you can help get the most out of every minute you spend training.
- Be an Early Riser
The sun’s rays are at their strongest from 10AM to 4PM. Despite being indoors, the rise in heat combined with strenuous physical activity can bring about heat exhaustion – a condition where the body can no longer get rid of the heat made during exercise. While exercise should be about pushing yourself, it’s also important to know your limits and respect Mother Nature.
If the heat keeps you from getting a good home workout in, try exercising in the early morning when temperatures are generally cooler.
- Sweat it Out, but Take Care of your Skin
It’s always good to work up a sweat, but don’t forget to look after your skin in the process. While sweating helps the body cool down, the impurities that sweating flushes out can stay on your skin, which can lead to irritations when the skin begins to reabsorb them.
Consider taking the time to pamper yourself by working a cooling mask into your skincare routine to help reduce any skin inflammation brought on by the heat. They’re also really soothing, too!
- Cool down while you Chow Down
While a trip to the beach right now may seem unlikely for many of us, there’s a way to bring a welcome set of tropical vibes into your home. When you’re feeling the heat a little too much, chill out with shakes or popsicles made with fresh fruit and yogurt, or bite into some frozen berries or grapes to help maintain healthy hair and skin, promote heart health, and weight loss – all things that can do your body good.
- Don’t Forget to Take Breaks
With most of our time being spent at home, going through the same motions every day can do a number on our mental health and stress levels. When you’re feeling stressed out in some way, taking some time out to meditate can do wonders when you feel a little off-center, or even when you just need some time to relax. Fitbit’s stress management tools can help you understand the relations between your mood and stress, as well as provide you access to guided mindfulness sessions whenever you need them.
- Sleep Well
Getting proper sleep brings a host of benefits such as better alertness, improved memory, and reduced inflammation. Proper sleep however, isn’t just measured in the hours you spend sleeping, but in the quality of sleep you get as well. To help understand your sleep quality each night, Fitbit’s Sleep Stages and Sleep Score technology helps you understand just what you need to get a good night’s sleep.
This summer, staying indoors should not be an excuse to keep ourselves from pursuing our health and wellness goals. By helping you new ways to stay active, relax, and beat stress, Fitbit aims to keep Filipinos on course towards living healthier lives, not only for this summer, but all-year round.
You can purchase your very own Fitbit watch at Fitbit.com and major retailers like Lazada, Shopee, and Digital Walker. For more information please visit www.fitbit.com/ph.