Summer months are a great time to take time off, go relax, and enjoy the warm weather. However, it’s also a time that may become a bit too worry free with worsening diets (BBQs galore) and being in the sun too long. Here are 5 tips to stay healthy this summer that will keep you going all season long.
5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer
1. Find a New Exercise Routine
Winter months are hard with exercising because you generally have to stay indoors and pay for gym memberships. It may be harder to wake up in the morning and start getting things done.
In summer, though, it’s easier to feel energized and enthusiastic about getting outside and enjoying the day. Use this opportunity to start a new hiking group or take up cycling. If you’re not into the outdoors, you can take up swimming and stay fit in a low-impact environment.
Finding a new way to exercise can rekindle your desire to be active and may expand your horizons into new activities and hobbies.
2. Apply Sunscreen
This is one of the more basic tips to stay healthy this summer but is still important. Applying sunscreen before heading outdoors for over 20 minutes can help you reduce the risk of skin cancer and keep your skin looking younger.
If you have sensitive skin, trying to not go in the sun from 10am-4pm when the sun is at its strongest. If you’re out on a hike, bring sunscreen with you to reapply after an hour.
3. Keep Healthy Refreshing Snacks on Hand
You’re at the pool or just finished a fun surfing session and you want to cool off. Many times it’s easy to go grab a burger or an ice cream bar, but that undoes your exercise.
Instead, pack snacks before you go like grapes, watermelon, vegetable sticks and hummus, or sandwiches. This way you’ll be prepared to eat something healthy rather than relying on what’s in the closest vicinity to you.
The other upside to this is that you’ll save money! Packing your own snacks will be much more cost effective than if you eat out.
4. Drink Enough Water
It’s easy to get carried away in the swimming pool or out on a fun hike and forget to stop for some water. Even in a pool, your body can get dehydrated and you can get light-headed and fatigued.
Be sure to keep a water bottle on hand and to take breaks to drink up. When you hike, it’s a good idea to pack more water than you think you will need. Your body may overheat more than you anticipated and you can be prepared.
5. Beware of Sugar in Your Drinks
A coupel of summer’s staples are refreshing smoothies and summery alcoholic beverages. While these drinks can be fun and tasty, they can be high in calories and sugar–both of which can cause weight gain and heart problems.
It’s ok to enjoy these drinks every now and then, but try to limit your consumption. Instead, make homemade smoothies without ice cream and reduce your alcohol intake.