Health and Fitness – Simple Summer Changes

Summer is here, and I’ve decided I want this to be a hugely happy, heck of a healthy season. So I made some cool changes to my routine. Inspired, I think I can continue this healthy thing through July and August.
When I woke up, I was not in a good mood. So I just changed that to a happy mood. It took just moments, and I was feeling better. It was surprisingly easy, and it baffled me. There are so many people I meet each day that are angry at the world. Not sure whether they are aware that they can just change their mood.
I put on sunscreen before heading out the door. I knew I’d be spending plenty of time outdoors and I decided to try following the advice to protect my skin from those damaging rays. It wasn’t painful, and it took about two minutes. It smelled like the beach — so coconutty cool.
At lunch with my coworkers, I drank a big glass of water. I wasn’t quite sure what would happen without my tall and neat Dr Pepper. I still ordered my sandwich and chips, and those were delicious despite the absence of the soda pop. My server put a cucumber in my water glass, and it was extremely refreshing. I can do this whole water-drinking thing.
When I got home from work, I walked my dog for 30 minutes longer than normal. He really seemed to like being on this unexpected extended journey. His tail was wagging the entire time. This extra exercise is good for my well-being, too.
I ordered dinner from the healthy menu of the restaurant down the street. It turned out to be really tasty food. I’d even order it again. Half the calories and so much less fat for the same price.
I even took my bike out of the garage and rode it to Applebee’s to pick up my food order. It didn’t take all that much longer than if I’d had driven my car. It made me feel youthful and fit — like a kid without a license.
After dinner, I called up my buddy and scheduled a time to go hiking over the weekend. I heard the weather was going to be amazing — sunny and in the low 60s for the early morning on Saturday. It’s been some time since I’ve been to that state park, and this will be so much better than sitting on my couch watching TV.
I went to bed at 10 p.m. instead of my usual midnight lights-out scenario. This gave me two more hours of sleep than I’m used to getting. It’s great not to have to struggle to get out of bed the next morning. A super sleep schedule can make all the difference in the world.
It has all been so simple to do, and it only took one day for me to understand that. With just some basic changes to my summer situation, I’m ready to get some wildly wonderful wellness out of it. Get your sunglasses and join me. It’s gonna be a bright and sunny summer!
This healthy article of flip-flops and fun is brought to you by that guy of gentle waves, Ron Blake. He can be reached on his beach blanket at rblake5551@hotmail.com.

Ron Blake

Ron Blake, a personal fitness trainer in Phoenix, has been training individuals and groups for 15 years. He has also coached high school cross-country and track teams in Indiana and California. He was born in Gary, Ind., and Indiana University awarded him bachelor and master's degrees (as long as he agreed to quietly leave the state!) Visit his website, www.myblakefitness.com for more information.

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