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Five healthy habits for summer

May-22-2019

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Feel like you’ve waited a long time for summer? You’re not alone! When the weather warms up, many of us drift into vacation mode, which can include loosening up on healthy habits. But summertime wellness doesn’t need to feel like a chore. In fact, the summer even ushers in new ways to be the healthiest version of you!


1. Make colorful food choices. The summer months are the perfect time of year to load up on fruits and veggies. You can add veggies to your salad, mix it up by grilling peaches or pineapple, or start your day with a nutrient-packed blueberry and spinach smoothie.


2. Get outside! The warm weather is a great excuse to take your workout to the streets. Whether it’s biking, hiking, swimming, or channeling your inner-kid and playing in a weekly kickball league, the opportunities for outdoor activity are endless.


3. Take care of your skin. Spending time outside? Make sure you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher—especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. It’s also important to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours (especially if you’re swimming or being active). Taking the necessary steps to protect your skin today can prevent potential health issues in the future.


4. Water, water, water. While it’s always important to make sure you’re drinking enough H2O, it becomes even more so during the summer. Whether it’s extended periods of activity in the sun, a patio happy hour with friends or a day at the beach—making sure you get enough water is crucial to your well-being.


5. You snooze, you… win. For many, summer is full of endless, fun-filled days and nights. But, outdoor activities, family gatherings and late nights with friends can take a toll on your mind and body. That’s why it’s important to get enough sleep (seven to eight hours per night for adults, more for teens and children). You’ll feel better and you’ll reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart problems, depression and substance abuse.


Ready for summer? By following these five easy tips, you can make the most of the warmer weather, longer days and everything summer has to offer.


NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/healthy-habits-summer


Food and Nutrition, https://foodandnutrition.org/blogs/stone-soup/5-healthy-habits-summer-days-nights/


*This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.