Stay true to your health this summer! It’s easy to get caught up in the sweet indulgences of traditional summer fun like barbecues and pool parties. Here are some easy tips to make sure you stay healthy and happy all season long.
1. Remember to wear sunscreen! The Mayo Clinic suggests that soaking up those rays for 15-30 minutes per day grants you all the vitamin d you need, but if you’re going to be out having fun in the sun, it’s crucial to use a good sunscreen. Make sure to choose one with both UVA and UVB protection in order to protect your skin from the cancerous rays as well as the rays that make your skin burn. Apply a good half hour before going out, and most importantly, reapply, reapply, reapply!
2. Summer rooftop barbecues are a fantastic part of living in NYC, but keep in mind that late night partying, as well as vacationing, can lead to sleep deprivation. Maintain your sleep quality by sticking to a regular sleep/wake schedule and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Lifehacker.com reports that resting in a hammock helps you better catch those z’s! The gentle rocking motion apparently not only helps you fall asleep faster, but grants you better, more restful sleep. Read more here.
3. On the subject of summer barbecues and parties – be careful of overindulging in treats like hot dogs, burgers, and sundaes. To avoid the problems that regularly eating fatty foods like this can cause, remember to maintain a varied diet including lots and lots of fruits and veggies. Choosing delicious in-season summertime veggies from your local farmer’s market is a great way to save money, as well as adding variety to your diet. Some of my favorites for summer are berries (of all kinds, but especially raspberries and strawberries), cherries, watermelons, summer squash, and zucchini blossoms.
There you have it! 3 tips to help you stay true to your health during the summer.