Top 10 Health Tips For Summer
From swimming laps at the pool to barbecues with family and friends, summer is a wonderful time to engage in fun and healthy activities. If you’d like to have an overall healthier lifestyle — mentally and physically — try these 10 summer tips for improved health:
1. Apply Sunscreen
With the longer days and shorter nights, summer beckons us to be outside, but along with enjoying the outdoors comes the potentially damaging affects of sun exposure — including skin cancer. To protect yourself from UV rays, always wear sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and re-applying about every two hours when outdoors.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Overexposure to the sun can damage eyesight, making you vulnerable to eye diseases. To protect your eyes sufficiently, wear sunglasses with UV-blocking protection when outside.
3. Eat the Rainbow
Ditch the processed foods and incorporate a wide variety and colors of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. From deep greens (kale, spinach and avocado) to bright reds (tomatoes, raspberries and peppers), you’ll consume a robust amount of nutrients.
Instead of typical cookout fare such as fatty burgers, processed breads and sugary condiments, grill lean proteins — such as chicken and fish — and seasonal veggies. You’ll likely reduce your caloric intake and boost your nutrients for the day.
Bonus tip: If you’re not a grillmaster, consider buying a grill pan to cook over your stovetop. This way, you can still grill nutritious foods year-round (with less prep time and cleanup).
5. Make Breakfast Smoothies
Swap the baked goods with a homemade smoothie for breakfast. Smoothies chock full of fruits and veggies are a great way to start your morning and boost your metabolism throughout the day, because they help nourish your body.
6. Create an Exercise Plan
A terrific summer health tip is to start an exercise routine. Whatever exercise you decide to do, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week. By getting into a routine, it will be that much easier to continue your workout throughout the year.
7. Be More Active
In addition to an exercise routine, incorporate more physical activity into your day. Park at the furthest spot at the grocery store, climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, go for a walk during your lunch break. Those little steps toward being more active will add up to improved health.
8. Stay Hydrated
It is incredibly important to stay well hydrated, especially with summer’s heat and humidity. Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day to flush your body of toxins, and you’ll feel energized as a result.
9. Have Fun
Don’t let summer pass without having fun! This is the perfect time of year to do enjoyable activities with friends and family. Go to the waterpark, plan a weekend road trip — take advantage of all that summer has to offer.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Life can get hectic, and it’s important to de-stress. Take a walk, schedule some vacation time, or take a personal day — you’ll feel recharged.
By implementing these health tips for summer, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a healthier lifestyle. For more information on how to improve your overall well-being, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers.