As the Rev. George Malkmus highlights in his book “God’s Original Diet,” there are four keys to living a long, healthy life: High quality nourishment, the removal of toxins, plenty of oxygen and adequate amounts of exercise.
“Fuel your body with nutrients to support a strong immune system.”
Exercise is a critical factor when it comes to taking care of your overall well-being. It builds muscles, increases oxygen intake and strengthens bones, which all contribute to a healthy heart, joints, back, mind and weight. Summer vacation is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to plan an outdoor adventure to enjoy the sunshine and get in shape. After all, it is only fair to take advantage of the light God sheds throughout your life.
Here are a few outdoor workouts that can strengthen your body, no matter which vacation destination you choose:
If you plan to vacation with your family on the beach this summer, you should take advantage of the sandy surface. According to research conducted by Griffith University in Australia, jogging on the soft sand puts less stress on your feet than hard surfaces, which can benefit your bones and joints. Even just walking or playing a game of beach volleyball in the sand can exercise your body without putting too much strain on the joints.
If your family chose the mountains instead of the beach this year, your well-being is in good hands. While hiking is a great exercise for building muscle and maintaining a healthy weight, that’s not the only perk that comes with it. The American Hiking Society said that hiking as a regular physical activity is beneficial for the body in so many ways: It reduces risk of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Hiking can also reverse effects of osteoporosis and arthritis, and it can even release endorphins that contribute to a positive, healthy mindset.
Canoeing and kayaking
Camping is a excellent way to venture out in the woods during the summer, and it’s a great opportunity to appreciate nature and experience the elements. Canoeing and kayaking are two of the many outdoor exercise activities you can take advantage of in the wilderness. Because paddling is a low impact action, you can reduce your risk of putting excess stress on your joints and tissues, according to Better Health. Canoeing and kayaking are perfect ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen muscles in the arms, back, shoulders, chest, torso and legs. They’re also great for meditation – these activities can be extremely peaceful, aiding a cleanse of the mind!