Summer is here and so are the harsh effects. With the passing time, temperatures have been going unbelievably high and it is affecting peoples’ health. Scorching heat affects people in the form of heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration, etc. Are you taking enough precautions? It is extremely important to be careful during soaring temperatures.
Summer means a time for surfing, sand, barbecues, pool parties and the occasional getaway. Many of these plans are also an open invitation for you to get sick, especially if you are traveling our lounging outside.
Here are 8 simple ways to stay healthy this summer:
1. Stay Hydrated
You should always drink ample amount of water for your day to day activities and exercises. It is also recommended that you should carry a water bottle with you whenever you go out. You should ideally drink 8 glasses of water so that you are fully hydrated. When you are hydrated, you are able to stay energized and overcome exhaustion.
2. Give Your Diet a Berry Boost
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries -- blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries -- every day. They'll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.
A big bonus: Berries are also tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.
3. Apply Your Daily SPF
No one likes a sunburn and no one likes those funky tan lines. Applying sunscreen is important. Not only does sunscreen help prevent skin cancer, but it has also been proven to help slow down your skin's aging process. Severe sunburns (also known as sun poisoning) can also lead to extreme dehydration, if you aren't careful, which could require a stay in the hospital.
A sunscreen with a lower SPF can be just as effective as one with a higher SPF. However, people with a fairer complexion should use a higher SPF, due to less melanin in their skin. Lotions are usually a little more effective than sprays, just because there is less of a chance for streaking.
4. Choose Your Timing Wisely
During the summer months, the height of the day is the hardest on your body. With solar rays at their peak, you are more susceptible to dehydration, sunburns, and fatigue. If possible, plan your outdoor activities for the morning (before 11:00 a.m.) or later in the afternoon (after 2:00 p.m.). This practice will help you avoid long-term sun exposure when the sun is at its peak.
5. Take Nutritional Supplements
Doctors and medical experts suggest that you should take B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, and other antioxidants. These help you to calm your nervous system, protect you from chemical pollutants etc.
6. Stay Active
Hot days are often lazy days spent inside the cool AC or, if you’re lucky, floating in a pool. Unfortunately, those activities don’t help you meet your 10,000 steps for the day and they definitely don’t burn calories! Take advantage of the longer days of summer by using the extra daylight hours for exercise.
Beat the heat by going for an early morning or evening run, jump off the float and swim some laps, or enjoy the air conditioning while taking an indoor cycling class. On those milder days head into nature for a hike – summer is certainly a beautiful time of year to be outdoors. And don’t forget about keeping your muscles strong and those arms sexy for bikini season.
7. Sleep Well
Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead, pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime. It's also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same time, for the same amount of time.
8. Get Social
A big part of the fun of summer is all the social activities. So get off the computer and head outside to interact with friends and family. All the tips above will help you stay healthy while you’re partaking in social activities and being social in itself will keep you motivated.
Summer is the best time to explore nature and try new adventure and experience. It’s the best time to have a time off of work and have quality time spent with family and friends. It’s also a time to stay healthy and fit. In this post, I shared with you 8 simple ways to stay healthy this summer.
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