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Between the hot sun beating down, plenty of backyard BBQs, and a more relaxed atmosphere, it can be easy to let our fitness routines go during the summer months.

Edmontonian often put in the work during the winter months to get their bodies swimsuit ready. Once summer hits, our more rigid fitness routines seem to melt away as lazy days on the patio set in. When activity levels slip it opens the door to all kinds of potential injuries later on, so here’s a few tips to help keep your health in check this summer.

Keep weight gain in check.

Family get-togethers and social events over the winter holidays are usually to blame for those few extra pounds. What we often don’t realize is that summer indulgences can also wreak havoc on your waistline. Instead of going for that second helping of Aunt Jean’s calorie rich potato salad, opt for nutrient rich foods that will help fuel your body thorough the summer heat.

Don’t sweat It.

It seems like a no-brainer to spend as much time outside during the summer as possible. But when temperatures soar, it puts us at greater risk for heatstroke and exhaustion. We recommend taking your workout inside on those extra hot days. This is especially important for seniors and people with diabetes as they may be more sensitive to warmer weather.

Keep your core strong.

Fall and winter activities, like raking leaves and shoveling snow, can cause soft tissue injuries — especially in the lower back. Don’t ignore your core during the summer months; otherwise, you could be putting yourself at risk for injury later on. You can try elbow planks, abdominal crunches, and push-ups to train those core muscles. Adding these exercises into your routine will help build a solid foundation for your fit physique.

Prevent joint injuries.

High impact winter sports can take a toll on your joints. There’s no time like the present to create a new healthy habit and we want you to remember to stretch. Before any activity or workout, it’s important to stretch your joints as doing so will improve range of motion and prevent likelihood of injury. Also, listen to your body. Don’t overdo it and know your limits. Respecting yourself can mean the difference between happy joints and a dislocation.

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