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Top Wellness Experts’ Tips for a Healthy Summer

With July Fourth behind us, summer is in full swing.  It’s the time of year many New Englanders live for.  The sun is bright, the days are long, and weekends mean time spent outdoors with friends and family, eating, playing, and generally enjoying each others’ company.  Summer is a really great time to feel great.  So we asked a few of the top Boston based wellness experts for their favorite summer health and wellness tips to keep you feeling your best all season long.

Kerri Axelrod

Photo Credit: Patrick Sporleder Photography

Photo Credit: Patrick Sporleder Photography

Who She Is:

Kerri Axelrod (www.KerriAxelrod.com) is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in helping women live healthy, passionate and purpose-driven lives. Kerri is an established authority in the health and wellness industry and frequently provides expert commentary for national and local media publications, speaks regularly at events and partners with top consumer brands.

Her Top Tip:

My number one wellness tip for summer is to get in tune with nature and eat as seasonally as possible. This tip is really something that I recommend to my clients all year long, as each season produces the unique harvest our bodies need, but it’s typically easiest to synch your eating patterns with nature during the summers. For example, in the summer months, fruits such as watermelon, vegetables such as cucumbers and herbs such as mint are abundant. All are naturally refreshing and help keep you cool. Fruit is also is high in certain vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals like magnesium, which strengthen your immune system and help your body to cope with the heat of summer. It’s typically also more cost effective to eat seasonally  so skip the supermarket and visit your local farmer’s market while you can!

Where to Find Her:

Aileen Axtmayer

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Who She Is:

Ten years of career coaching thousands of people has lead Aileen to believe that happiness in our careers can make us healthier and that being healthier can enable us to thrive at our jobs and in our lives. As a result, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach to supplement her master’s in counseling. Aileen brings these skills and her passion to her holistic wellness practice which has three main offerings: career counseling, health coaching, and yoga workshops combining the two.

Her Top Tip:

Other than opting for non-toxic sunscreen and adding in hydrating foods, my favorite summer wellness tip is a bit bigger in picture. New Englanders wait all year for summer and when it finally arrives, we tend to cram our schedules full to the brim without taking much time to rest and restore our bodies and minds.

Before we know it, summer is over and our energy is depleted before the busy fall season (then you blink and it’s the holidays!). If we don’t take the time to re-charge, our best laid plans to get that new job, or to start that new workout routine, often lose priority. I encourage people to use the change in routine that comes with this season to think about their intentions and opt for plans that align with them. If life gets in the way of that, setting goals to include little daily de-stressing activities can make a world of a difference in restoring energy levels before fall sneaks up on us!

Where to Find Her:

Gianne Doherty

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Who She Is:

Gianne is founder of The W.E.L.L. Summit and Organic Bath Co. and is a wellness thought leader, national speaker, and clean beauty expert. Named Boston’s Best Wellness Guru, and a woman changing the face of wellness, she is a passionate advocate for living WELL.

Her Top Tip:

Get outside as much as possible! New England Summers are fleeting especially so I try to rearrange my routine to be outside and extend the feeling of summer. I choose to walk more places, eat outside, picnics in the park, meetings and phone calls on the patio. I do whatever I can to make summer feel as long as possible.  Take advantage of all of the free outdoor fitness classes! A lot of these classes are typically valued at $20 or more so you are saving money, getting a great workout in and enjoying the sun on your face.   Additionally,  Summer is a much easier time of year to eat locally and seasonally. I take advantage of all the fresh produce available at the farmers markets, grill a ton and experiment with plant heavy recipes.

Where to Find Her:

Sarah Dussault

Who She Is:

Sarah Dussault (Sarah Fit) is one of YouTube’s most viewed fitness gurus of all time, with over 26 million views and 220K subscribers to date. Through her online workouts, healthy recipes, parenting journey and honest weight loss advice, Dussault built a community that has followed her since she began in 2008. Her inspirational videos and blog posts have made her YouTube’s most relatable fitness guru, or as SELF magazine editors claimed, “the perfect friend.” Dussault is a published author, ACSM certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and mom. She currently lives in the South End with her family.

Her Top Tip:

As a city girl, I love my studios but in the summer I don’t have any near  my family’s beach house so I create my own workouts that I can do outside with just a set of dumbbells. I either go for runs with my son in his jogging stroller first thing in the morning or I do HIIT workouts during nap time. In addition to creating my own (you can get them by following my Instagram stories SarahFit), I also love trying other trainers programs like the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. As a former personal trainer and current group exercise instructor, I really love trying other trainer’s programs to learn new moves, get out of my comfort zone and keep from getting bored! I find that 30 minutes of HIIT workouts help me feel confident in a bathing suit while indulging in ice cream and lobster rolls. I try to get in 2 runs and 3 strength based workouts a week to balance my summer “diet.”

Where to Find Her:

Youtube: @sarahfit
Instagram: @sarahfit

Jenny Hanway

Who She Is:

Jenny is a Holistic Nutritionist, Level 2 Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer.  Having worked in the wellness arena for over 11 years, she has worked at the celebrity favorite retreat, Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, Mexico, was part of the founding team and Master Trainer at London’s first barre studio (barrecore) and has worked as a personal trainer to the British Royal family and the Hollywood A List.  Jenny has proven track record in transforming the health and physiques of her clients using her four key elements of wellness: Nutrition, Training, Lifestyle and Self-Care. She currently works with clients both in person in Back Bay, Boston and international online, and is an established speaker and workshop leader in the wellness industry.

Her Top Tip:

Supplement with sunshine. In the summer months I recommend my clients slim down their supplement regime – a great multi vitamin and a probiotic is really all that is needed if they are eating seasonally.  My one caveat to this is to get outside and get some sunshine! Vitamin D is one of our most important micronutrients (it actually works more like a hormone in the body), and at this time of year it is wonderful for both our physical and mental health to get it straight from the source!  Adequate levels of Vitamin D are vital for bone density, muscle mass, lean muscle development, blood sugar regulation and insulin sensitivity, and mental health and happiness.  Additionally, it might just be me, but I have a way more active social life in the summer! In the midst of winter (especially a Boston winter) I like to be snuggled up at home as much as possible, but in the summer you will find me joining my friends and family for dinner, drinks, hiking, and even SUP! Connecting with loved ones releases the hormone oxytocin, which decreases the stress hormone cortisol, and has amazing positive effects on our mental health and general wellbeing.

Where to Find Her:

Instagram: @jenniferhanway

Rachel Kaczynski

Rachel Kaczynski

Who She Is:

Rachel Kaczynski is a MA-based Certified Health Coach, freelance writer, and creator of “Spark Your Bliss” Affirmation Card Deck. She’s the founder of Healthy Chicks (www.healthy-chicks.com), a wellness blog inspiring women to live happier, healthier, more vibrant lives (without dieting).  When Rachel’s not writing you can find her in search of the perfect cup of coffee, sipping on a green smoothie, teaching wellness workshops or taking a moment to herself on the yoga mat.

Her Top Tip:

My top summertime tip is to be a little easier on yourself, and take time to indulge in life’s simple pleasures. After all, summer is a season of buzzing energy, self-expression and having fun! Often times we think about the things that nourish and fuel or body, but we ignore the things that fuel our soul. This may mean quitting your diet that’s making you miserable, hosting a seasonal dinner party with your best friends featuring vibrant produce from the Farmers Market, hoola-hooping or taking a mini vacation. I think we take ourselves too seriously far too often, so summer is the perfect time to let loose and do the things that make you feel juicy inside. To get started, ask yourself this question: “What makes me feel nourished, free and alive?” and then think about how you can incorporate these things into the beautiful season ahead.   Oh and by the way, you already DO have a “Bikini Body,” whatever that means any way. Rock it!

Where to Find Her:

Twitter: @healthy_chicks
Instagram: @healthychicks

Amanda Nurse

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Who She Is:

Amanda is a Boston-based elite marathoner runner, fitness coach and yoga instructor. She ran in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials with a personal best of 2:40. With her multiple New England race victories she is one of Boston’s most visible runners. In 2016, Amanda made a career change into the fitness world; she opened Boston’s first Yoga for Athletes Studio at Wellness in Motion Boston and also teaches at Coolidge Corner Yoga. She is the co-captain of Boston’s well-known running club, The Heartbreakers and coaches runners at Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s treadmill studio and as a personal coach. She loves to inspire her athletes to find their best session after session. Outside of the studio, you’ll find Amanda working on her newest endeavor, RunBabyRun.co, a fit pregnancy blog (because, yes, she is expecting her first child in October!), creating healthy meals, or training for her next race!

Her Top Tip:

As an endurance athlete, lover of the outdoors, and also being 6 months pregnant, staying hydrated is KEY. Drinking water throughout the day is important, but there are others ways to ensure you’re staying hydrated while you eat, as well! My favorite hydrating foods are: watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, salad greens and, surprisingly, yogurt (regular plain yogurt is comprised of 85-88% water! I love greek yogurt brands like as Fage or Chobani). Then, to mix it up, I love to drink coconut water post-workout. It gives me the potassium, vitamin B, electrolytes and good sugars I need to keep me going throughout the day!

Where to Find Her:

Instagram: @amandarunsboston

Cara Scinto
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Who She Is:

Cara Scinto is a certified online personal trainer nutritionist. She is passionate about spreading joy and enthusiasm for better health and well being, for everybody and her positive vibe is contagious!  Cara offers individualized health coaching to those in need of mindfulness, balanced eating, and maintaining physical fitness.

Her Top Tip:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Summer months are hot and we need even more water than cooler months. Drinking plenty of water will help you feel your best! If you’re bored of plain old water, add variety with fresh herbs like mint and fruit such as lemon.

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