When short-sleeve shirts, tanks and shorts make their way into your everyday wardrobe, summer has officially arrived. And looking and feeling your best for all of those warm weather activities is important. Make the most of your summer days with these tips that are not only fun, but will get you moving, even on the busiest days.
1. Establish a summer schedule. Fight the urge to turn on the television and create an active schedule with your children. After dinner, have a family walk around the neighborhood or plan for weekend outings to your favorite local nature preserve.
2. Find motivation in all forms. Seek the help of like-minded individuals who also want to establish healthy routines. Look online for health and fitness blogs from other women who can share their own journeys toward better health. Or, invest in a wearable fitness device that offers a personalized experience, such as a Mira Fitness tracker, that understands your fitness level and offers tips and inspirational boosts relevant to you.
3. Plan for an active vacation. Don’t let travel plans justify inactivity. Use your vacation as an opportunity to get moving, and create new healthy experiences. Visiting a historic town or city? Check out a walking group tour to sightsee. Hitting the beach? Try beach volleyball, surfing or stroll beside the water every night.
4. Find ways to beat the heat. Don’t let the summer sun be your excuse to stay indoors on those extra hot days. Set your alarm early to get your morning run or hike in before those afternoon temperatures rise.
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Are you worried your child is living a lifestyle that is not active enough? The government’s Let’s Move initiative recommends the following tips to keep your little one active: Limit your child’s TV time, and don’t place a TV inside your kid’s room; take the stairs instead of the elevator; take walks around the block after meals; and give your child toys that encourage physical activity (like jump ropes, kites and balls).
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SENIOR HEALTH

The most common form of arthritis among seniors is osteoarthritis, a condition that occurs when cartilage in your joints breaks down and wears away. Common symptoms includes joint pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness after getting out of bed and a crunching feeling in the joints. There are a number of treatments that can provide relief, including exercise, weight control, massages, acupuncture… the list goes on. Talk to your doctor about getting some relief.
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NEW RESEARCH

According to the researchers behind a new study published in The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, children with good memories are more adept at lying. The researchers — who worked with 6- and 7-year-old children — hypothesize this may be because these children are more capable of keeping their lies straight.
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BOOK PICK

‘No Sweat,’ by Michelle Seger

Do you secretly hate exercising? Struggle to stick with a program? Millions of people try and fail to stay fit. But what if exercising is the real problem, not you? “No Sweat” translates years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program that will empower you to break the cycle of exercise failure once and for all. You’ll discover why you should forget about willpower and stop gritting your teeth through workouts you hate. Instead, you’ll become motivated from the inside out and start to crave physical activity.
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