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If you live in an area that endures long winters, summer can seem to fly by. Warm, sunny days are fleeting, and busy schedules can make it hard to fit in all your favorite activities around day-to-day responsibilities. But with fall and back-to-school time right around the corner, now is the time to dedicate some recharging moments for yourself.

Try one of these summer self-care ideas — they can be done at the pool or spa, on the workout floor, or outdoors.

At the pool . . .

Soak up the last rays of summer sun with a peaceful pool day by yourself — or bring family and friends along for social time.

1. Alfresco dining: Let someone else do the cooking and pick up your favorite meal or shake at the LifeCafe, then enjoy it on the pool deck.

2. Poolside reading: Finish that book you’ve been meaning to read or catch up on your favorite show or the latest episodes of the Life Time Talks.

3. Post-workout dip: After a challenging workout, take your cool down and stretching routine to the pool and stay for a few calming minutes by the water.

Explore more pool-day ideas: “Best Summer Ever: 9 Ways to Spend a Day at the Beach Club

At the spa . . .

When you think of self-care, booking a spa treatment may be one of the first things that comes to mind. And with a dedicated appointment on the calendar, you’ll be less likely to skip out on much-needed time to unwind.

4. Relaxing massage: Many experts maintain that massage is an investment in your health and wellness that deserves to be prioritized. A CBD massage can help relieve muscle inflammation and reduce overall stress.

5. Custom facial: A LifeSpa esthetician can pinpoint your skin’s needs and help set you up for success when taking care of your skin this fall.

6. Reviving hair service: The end of summer is always a good time for a new or refreshed look. LifeSpa hairstylists can help switch up your cut, color, and style.

At the club . . . 

Self-care can also look like slowing down for a rest or recovery day. Reflect on how you’re feeling and give your body what it needs.

7. Dynamic Stretch session: At Life Time, Dynamic Personal Trainers are now booking 30-minute stretch sessions, where a trainer recommends stretches for your specific needs. They’ll guide you through a short routine you can use throughout the fall and winter season to help improve range of motion and increase blood flow.

8. Restorative yoga class: When was the last time you took an opportunity to slow down and mindfully move your body? A SURRENDER yoga class combines meditative breathing with long-held stretches to relieve tension in your body and mind.

While outdoors . . .

Simply spending time outdoors can be healing — physically, mentally, and spiritually. If nature is your happy place, devote a day to the great outdoors before the weather takes a turn.

9. Nature walk: Fresh air, sunlight, and the sounds and sights of nature are all beneficial to our well-being. If you can, try leaving your phone (and other devices) at home or tucked away to truly be present on your walk.

10. Outdoor meditation: Meditation is proven to provide both mental and physical health benefits — and even better if you can do it outdoors. Many experts agree that meditating outside can help activate your senses and make it easier to let go during your practice. Try these “Meditations for your Moods;” you can find them in the Life Time Digital app.

Emily Ewen

Emily Ewen is a senior writer and content editor at Life Time.

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