Summer is often associated with fun in the sun, family vacations, and more relaxed schedules, but you don’t have to let summer sabotage your healthy lifestyle. Instead, stay healthy and enjoy the season with these nine summer wellness tips.
The summer season is all about enjoying the great outdoors, so find some time to get outside. Take advantage of the early sunrise and get in a morning run before your day begins. If you aren’t an early bird, take your afternoon lunch break outside or go for a leisurely walk after dinner around the neighborhood. Use the longer days to your advantage to get outside and enjoy the summer sunshine.
It’s always important to stay hydrated, but especially during the warm summer weather. An accurate way to find out how much water you should be drinking every day is by using this simple equation:
Your body weight in pounds / 2 = The number of ounces you should be drinking every day.
Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times so you can stay hydrated no matter where your summer adventures take you. Add a splash of flavor with some fresh fruit. Some classic combinations include:
- Lemon + Strawberries or Raspberries
- Lemon + Lime
- Cucumber Slices + Fresh Mint Leaves
Summer means farmers markets are in full swing, so plan a trip to your local farmers market for some fresh, local produce. Wondering what’s in season? Check out our summer produce guide. Ask your friends to join you and shop the local farmers market together then have a healthy summertime picnic at your community park.
During warmer months, our bodies naturally crave raw, cool foods to help our systems beat the heat. Foods like salads, gazpacho, fresh fruit and homemade fruit popsicles help keep our bodies cool, so stock up on raw produce and enjoy lighter fare during the warm summer months.
Before heading outdoors into the summer sunshine, apply a safe sunscreen. Use 1-2 ounces of sunscreen to cover each part of your face and body and remember to reapply every two hours. Be sure to reapply more frequently if sweating or swimming.
Take your indoor treadmill workout outdoors and hit the local trails instead. Whether you walk, run, or hike, spending time outdoors in nature helps clear the mind and can reduce stress. Looking for something different? Sign up for a running race such as a fun run, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon or even a full marathon. Do your research and find the right running race for you. Nervous to embark on a race by yourself? Recruit family and friends and sign up together.
Use the summer season to step up your fitness routine. Try a new workout or find a way to commit to mindful movement every day. Whether it’s a 30-minute walk or a 60-minute sweat session at the gym, ramp up your exercise routine and recommit yourself to your healthy lifestyle — we are halfway to the holidays after all!
Bonus Tip: Be sure to check out your community gym or local fitness studio as many gyms offer outdoor classes during the summer season.
Don’t let the lure of late nights stand in the way of a good night’s sleep. 7-9 hours of sleep per night is ideal, so give your body the proper sleep and restoration it needs. Going to bed at a time that ensures adequate sleep is the first step to getting proper shut eye.
The summer season goes by fast, so take time to enjoy the present moment. Don’t be afraid to say no to events and invitations so you can spend more time enjoying summertime activities with family and friends.
Summer only comes around once a year so make the most of it with these summer wellness tips.