We hope everyone has been enjoying the summer! It is hard to believe that we’re already in the month of August with the start of a new school year quickly approaching. Today’s post will highlight a few quick and easy exercises that you can incorporate into your exercise routine. These are great exercises to have in your exercise ‘toolkit’ for when you’re on the go, such as when traveling for work or while on vacation, because they require no equipment and can be performed anywhere!
The exercises demonstrated within our PTtip videos include:
- Shoulder Press Exercise
- Shoulder Press with the Grapevine
- Single Leg Deadlift
- Walking Lunges with a Thoracic Twist
With the summer heat at its peak, you may find that the last thing you want to do when it comes to cooking meals is turn on the oven. With the grilling season officially here, it’s important to remember to still incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet and a great way to do so is by adding them to your grilling menu especially with the abundance of fresh produce available at local farmer’s markets.
Fruit and veggie kabobs on the grill are an easy, unique way to incorporate in-season produce into your summer meals. Vegetables like zucchini/summer squash and bell peppers can make a great addition, as they not only supply a great amount of vitamin C but also taste delicious when grilled. Although not technically in-season (but still available to buy!), grilling sweet potato slices is another idea to consider when planning your menu, as they supply a hefty amount of vitamins A and C and also offer a good amount of dietary fiber and potassium. Lastly, if making fruit kabobs, consider adding peaches, fresh figs, and plums, as these fruits are now in-season and each supply vitamins and minerals that aid in maintaining a healthy diet.
Make sure you watch the PTtip videos to learn how to properly perform the above exercises, and if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Sweet Potato: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/sweet-potato
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Bell Peppers: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/bell-peppers
Produce for Better Health Foundation. (n.d.). Summer Squash: Nutrition. Selection. Storage. Retrieved from: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/summer-squash-nutrition-selection-storage