Warmer and longer days in the summer can cause to relax into a ‘school’s out’ attitude, where you can experience a drop in your energy levels. Or you could be having so much fun in the sun that you forget to take care of yourself. Either way the willpower to engage in practices vital for a healthy lifestyle gets pushed to the back of your mind.
With summer comes the possibility of health issues such as dehydration, heat stroke, tiredness, upset stomach and bacterial infections. Make sure you’re on track for a happy and healthy summer with these six wellness practices that allow you to enjoy a season full of fun.
- Make Sure You’re Hydrated
Properly hydrating is important any time of the year, but in the summer heat our bodies lose water at a rapid rate. It is essential to replenish the lost water in order to stay hydrated. Aim to drink about two-thirds of your body weight in kilos, in ounces of water each day, eg if you are 60kgs in weight then you should drink around 60 ounces (around four pints) of water a day.
- Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet
Eating fruit and vegetables every day will benefit your overall summer health as they’re rich in fiber, minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and other heart-healthy agents.
Try out berries, watermelon, cucumber, mangoes, sweet corn, celery, oranges and plums as each is in season.
- Eat Lighter
Did you know that your stomach takes longer to digest foods when the weather is hotter?
Try not to consume too much food this summer by opting for lighter meals/portions and snacks (especially at night).
- Get Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in modern society for reasons like sunscreen and our indoor lifestyles.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient needed to support your bodily functions — from bone health to your immune system to your mood. Though most of the nutrients our body needs are available via the food we eat, vitamin D is primarily acquired via sun exposure.
- Be Good to Your Eyes
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective sunglasses to block your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays.
- Develop an Exercise Routine
The warmer summer months are a great time to start a new exercise routine. Try swimming, walking, hiking, cycling, jogging and other outdoor activities this summer! This will help keep your body and mind aligned.
Practice these six tips for a happier and healthier summer!