MUSKOKA – As the weather gets warmer, it’s natural to feel a little vulnerable about showing extra skin, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Tina Fontina, entomologist and personal trainer, is here with all the tips and tricks to get your body ready for tick season, or as she calls it, Prime Lyme Time.
My number-one tip is to do a nice, deep squat to tuck those pants legs into your socks. Not only will this trick keep those infected blood suckers out of your skin, it’ll keep your rear looking fierce. Just remember to keep your feet hip-width apart, knees over your ankles.
Go for a run!
Get that cardio on and run away from ticks. Start with 5 minutes every day and work up to 15minutes. Not only will you burn calories, you’ll be putting distance between your body and tiny insects that seek to destroy your life. As an added bonus, running – and not having Lyme disease – will boost your mood!
There’s no better way to stretch than yoga. It also offers 84 ways to inspect all your nooks and crannies for blacklegged ticks. I always recommend finishing your practice with a Corpse Pose to release stress, and to remind you what you’ll become if you let ticks have their way with your blood.
Remember to focus on progress, not perfection.
Celebrate your wins and don’t compare yourself to people on Instagram who live in dry, tick-free climates. And don’t hold yourself to unrealistic expectations; it’s normal to forget that long grasses are tick traps. Love yourself and your body as it is today, whether a deer tick is embedded in it or not.