Summer is here and with it comes vacations, swimming, and fun in the sun! To make the most of this exciting season, below are some tips to follow for a healthy summer.
It’s important to protect your skin from the powerful rays of the sun. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF. It’s best to apply it 15 – 30 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply it every two hours or every hour if swimming.
Proper hydration is critical for our overall health. Avoid heat related illness by making sure you drink plenty of fluids. Plain water is the best option for staying hydrated. You can make water more flavorful by infusing it with fruit making for a delicious, colorful poolside beverage.
The bugs are also out enjoying the summer season. Protect yourself from mosquitoes and bug bites by use insect repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET and remove any standing water from your yard or deck. When traveling outside the country, pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant, should also be cautious of Zika.
Be sure to follow any water safety rules or water warnings when swimming at the pool, lake or ocean. Don’t swim alone and use a lifejacket when needed.
Though many women have consistent exercise routines, it is common to become less active during the summer if the temperature is too hot. It is important to remember to keep up your exercise routine, even if it means moving your routine indoors. It is okay to change where you exercise, but it’s not okay to stop exercising altogether.
Eating habits have a tendency to change in the summer months. Watching what you eat and continuing a diet you may have started in the winter is important. Don’t let your eating get out of control because it’s summer and the ice cream looks even better!
Add berries to your diet for extra antioxidants. Berries are also easier to find in stores or in the wild during the summer months. It also helps if you are eating more at home and watching what you eat. Continue eating fruits and veggies with your meals and consider adding nuts and fruits to your salads.
It’s natural for many people to consume more alcohol in the summer months. While alcohol in moderation has been shown to defend against heart disease, it should still be consumed in moderation during the summer months too.
Don’t over consume because it’s hot and the drinks are refreshing. Grab an iced tea, lemonade or refreshing glass of water instead.
Many women look forward to summer all year long. Following these tips can help ensure a fun and healthy summer all season long!