Summer is here! Summertime means longer days, sunshine, beach trips, and barbecues. A change in seasons also calls for a change in diet, exercise, and routine. Here’s how to make the most out of your summer while staying healthy as well.
Here are some tips for a happy & healthy summer season:
Stay Safe in the Sun-
Wear sunscreen- Every two hours, you should be applying SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from the sun (especially after swimming or sweating).
Cover up- If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time, protect your skin as much as possible by wearing hats, sunglasses, and light clothing.
Drink plenty of water- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty in the sun. Help your body sweat and cool down by drinking water frequently.
Seek shade- Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
Exercise in the morning or evening- It is best to exercise when it’s likely to be cooler outside. If it’s too hot to go out, work out in the gym, or climb stairs inside of an air-conditioned building.
Plan an active vacation- There are great ways to spend your vacation while also staying active including camping, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, and more. If you are spending time in the city, try renting bikes or take a walking tour.
Try to involve the whole family- Visit a local park with activities the whole family can enjoy.
Focus on Your Consumption-
Eat fresh- Summertime means more fresh foods. Visit your local farmers market for fresh fruits, vegetables, and more.
Eat more- When the weather is hot, people tend to crave lighter, colder foods and beverages. It is important to eat these lighter foods more frequently to ensure you are consuming enough nutrients.
Proteins- Cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs, and tuna are all great options for hot weather, light proteins.
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