With summer officially here, it’s time to rethink your workout routines and make sure they stand up to the summer heat. Depending on where you live, if you like to work out outside you might have to shake up your schedule and exercise at different times. If you live in a hot climate, consider a dip in the pool or bring your fitness routine indoors. No matter your workout preference, drink lots of water and don’t push yourself in the heat—there are plenty of activities to choose from that are cool, safe and summer-proof.
The Upper Valley is nestled in the Northeast’s woods, fields, and farmlands, and hidden among these are outstanding artists of all kinds. Finding examples of their talents is an art form in itself; a day trip to any one of these locations is to be savored and will delight your senses. Each gallery description here is accompanied by a recommended eatery that will complete your artistic excursion. Keep your eyes and mind open in any of these galleries, and the wonders of the Upper Valley art scene will inspire and amaze you.
American families are returning to traditional family bonding. In 2012, the Columbia University Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the case that regular family dinners led to a decreased risk of teen substance abuse. Parents and children are finding comfort and safety within the inner sanctum of the immediate family. A good way to nurture these bonds is to find activities, hobbies and interests to enjoy together. Here are some great family-friendly activities.
In spite of the extreme cold this past winter, tick populations are increasing. Many of us thought the cold we suffered in the form of polar vortices would have one upside fewer ticks. But turns out, they not only survived—the pests thrived! That’s because of the snow; ticks die if they dry out, and all the snow that covered them allowed them to survive nicely through the winter months. That means the incidence of Lyme disease will increase this spring and summer. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 25,000 cases are reported annually, and the areas most at risk for tick infestations include New England, the Upper Midwest, and the mid Atlantic states. Nowadays, most people living in these parts of the country know someone who has had Lyme disease or is currently battling this debilitating disease, which can be quite serious. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from tick bites. After all, nobody wants to stay inside when Mother Nature is making up for the foul winter she delivered!
Ever wish you could wear a sign throughout your pregnancy that reads, “thanks, but no thanks, for the unsolicited advice.” With advice pouring in around every corner, sometimes it’s hard to know who to listen to. However, advice even experts can agree on is that regular exercise throughout pregnancy has been shown to balance emotions, improve labor and help reduce pregnancy and post-pregnancy back pain. Health and wellness doesn’t go out the door once you put on maternity pants. Laser Spine Institute offers diet and fitness tips that can help you on your journey. Take those tips, and our suggestions (we promise not to give any of our baby name preferences!) to improve spinal health to enjoy your pregnancy.
Don’t let this brief and beautiful season pass you by without spending a day or evening listening to you favorite music or artists outdoors. We’re fortunate to have so many great venues throughout New England, so pack a picnic and gather friends and family. Relax and soak up the sounds of summer! (Do not forget your insect repellent and for daytime shows, sunblock.)