The summer months are upon us! As the seasons change, so do we. Summertime is a time for us to enjoy the long sunny days with friends and family. You may be spending your summer on break from school, counting down the days until your summer vacation, or soaking up the sun every chance while working your 9-5 job. Regardless of your plans for the next few months, keep these four healthy summer habit tips in mind.
Water is your body’s BFF. For majority of the year we need to consume about the same amount of water each day. The typical recommendation is eight 8-ounce glasses or 64 ounces. With the summer months come the heat and outdoor activities. More likely than not, you are spending some time being hot and sweaty in June/July/August. More sweat means your body is losing more water making dehydration more of a risk. Increase your water intake each day. Make the conscious effort to bring a water bottle with you everywhere you go and refill it throughout the day. This is especially important if you are exercising regularly.
Eat Fresh & Light
With the summer heat, it is in your best interest to avoid heavy foods throughout the season. You will feel sluggish and unmotivated to move. Naturally, the summer season’s harvest is full of juicy, light, and fresh foods that are just bursting with flavor. Enjoy the entire berry patch with freshly picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and watermelon, packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. Tomatoes, avocados, leafy greens, and peppers are all in season during the summer months. Try out this tomato avocado salad at your next meal.
Go Outdoors & Have Fun
Take advantage of the good weather and get outside with friends and family! The summertime provides a number of activities you just won’t be able to do in the dead of winter. Science shows that being outside in nature has a wide-ranging health benefits, everything from reducing the risk of heart problems diabetes, stress, high blood pressure, premature birth and premature death to an increase in overall well-being. Exercise, play sports, go to the beach, have a picnic, go for a walk. The choices are endless. When winter arrives and the cold moves in, you’ll be wishing for the sunny days, I promise.
But Always Bring the Sunscreen & Aloe
The summer sun can be ruthless. Nothing is worse than having a fun day soaking in the rays and coming home to an unbearable sun burn. The sore to the touch, itching, and peeling can all be mitigated by one thing, sun protection! I cannot emphasis this enough, ALWAYS pack the sunscreen. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends choosing a higher-protection broad spectrum SPF sunscreen (30 or 50) that’s water-resistant for the best protection. In the event of a burn (it happens to the best of us), take care of your skin. Cool the sunburn in a cold bath or shower, apply ZuRI-Aloe and moisturizer as needed, and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.