Resident Tips

P4LF Instructors’ Favorite Healthy Summer Activities

One of the first words associated with summer is relaxation. Lounging by the pool, lying on the beach or soaking up the sun on a boat come to mind. However, there are tons of outdoor summer activities that are also incredibly good for you and can go far towards helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. And for some inspiration, we asked Power for Life Fitness instructors and trainers about their favorite healthy summer pastimes. Read on to find out what you could be doing this summer!

Easy Keys to Healthy Summer Skin

What do shorts, sundresses, tank tops and swimsuits have in common? Apart from being summer wardrobe staples, they all show some skin. And with more skin exposed to the sun during the warmer months, taking steps to keep your skin healthy, strong and protected is key. Read on for some of the ways you can keep your skin looking young and radiant this summer.

Avoid Summer Vacation Stressors

Growing up, summer vacation meant freedom from the confines of the classroom and the ability hang out with our friends and enjoy all the things we loved to do. As we got older and finished school, the idea of a summer vacation disappeared altogether, with work continuing straight through the warmest months. But as we’ve gotten older still and had little ones who are now enjoying their own summer vacations, these months now come with their own unique set of responsibilities and stresses that can threaten the healthy lifestyles we’ve cultivated over the school year. To the rescue: These strategies will help you avoid the stress of the kids being home and help you stick to your healthy habits.

Take a Hike Today!

No matter how old we get, June will always bring with it a feeling of release, of finally having the time to get outside and enjoy the glorious early summer weather. And with National Trails Day falling on June 1, what better way to do so than by lacing up your sneakers and heading out on a hike? Actively enjoying nature delivers countless health perks, both physical and mental, and many areas offer beautiful opportunities to do so. Read on to discover the benefits of hiking and some of the best trails within striking distance of your apartment building.

Better-For-You Twists on Cocktails

Warmer weather means many things. Sleeping with the windows open, evening strolls after work, lounging by the pool…and cold, refreshing cocktails. We suffer through long days at the office with the promise of an icy sip the only thing helping us survive until the end of the day. But many cocktails we order in bars—especially those that are blended or frozen—are often loaded with sugars and syrups that can threaten to derail our healthy habits. To the rescue: These healthier twists on our favorite spring and summer cocktails are sure to have you raising a glass.

The Health Perks of Owning a Pet

Did you know that the first full week of May is National Pet Week? Started by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the week is meant to celebrate the more than 200 million pets living in homes across America and the contributions they make to the lives of their owners. Indeed, pets are more than just a furry (or scaly) friend to cuddle and play with—they enrich the lives of their families in countless ways, including many that can actually improve their health. Read on to discover the health benefits of having a pet!