The best time to enjoy all the benefits of moving, and also to lose a few extra calories is when you wake up and before having breakfast.
In fact, starting the day with a leisurely walk along the beach to loosen up and stretch the joints, or a good swim to oxygenate the lungs would be excellent; fresh sea air will also help our thyroid thanks to the iodine it carries.
Let’s move gently and gradually for about half an hour; those better trained may increase their pace and walk faster.
When we get back, we might have a light breakfast made with whole grains such as rusks or oat flakes, and jam or fresh fruit and a glass of coconut milk or a more savoury breakfast, with bits of “grana padano” cheese and an apricot and peach fruit salad. Fruit is rich in provitamin A that is also good for tanning.
In the mountains instead, we can move more easily and without worrying about the heat during all the day; a good walk in the woods shortly after lunch can improve our digestion, oxygenate tissues, and tone up body and spirit.
So we can be ready for our snack with Grok classic taste with a handful of mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries) that, thanks to their anthocyanins, improve all our circulatory system and rejuvenate both our eyes and brain.
If we can only exercise in the evening in the city, after having worked and suffered the heat, we can enjoy of a fast good walk or go out biking before dinner. Remember that walking, running, cycling as well as climbing stairs using a good pace allow us to use all our muscles, both of the upper and lower limbs and our abdominals. These simple activities allow us to disconnect from the day’s toll and enjoy some fresh air.
The main rule for summer exercise is hydration; if we drink the right amount of water, 1.5 or 2 litres, during the day and during our physical activity, as well as fruit and vegetables, we don’t run any risk of getting tired or dehydrating and we thus avoid those annoying cramps.