Farmington, CT (July 14, 2017) – Hello, sunshine! Summer is finally here, which means warmer temperatures and longer summer evenings. Sneak in that vitamin D and unwind by spending more time out in the sun. It is the perfect time to relax at the beach or host a big backyard barbecue for family and friends, but it can be difficult to avoid the sun’s harsh and damaging rays. Try these tips on living a healthy summer by eating right and beating the heat while exercising or spending time outdoors.
Live your Healthiest Summer with these 12 Health Tips
Drink water before, during and after exercising. You’ll want at least 4 ounce of water for every 20 minutes of exercise.
Check the Time
Aim to exercise during the cooler times of the day. The sun’s rays are often their hottest between 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
Seek bodies of water for exercise. Head to the pool for a refreshing, low-impact workout.
Keep your skin moistened while fighting the heat. Mist your skin with cool water or a damp towel.
Keep it Fresh
There is plenty of seasonally fresh produce you can enjoy during the summer months. Reach for cooling foods like watermelon, zucchini, bell peppers, and peaches.
Seek your local farmer’s market for fresh, seasonal options.
Plan for Parties
If you’re headed to a picnic or barbecue, bring a healthy dish to avoid overeating other high-calorie or high-fat foods.
Avoid Food-Borne Illness
Keep your hot food warm and keep your cold foods cool to decrease your risk of food-borne illnesses.
Avoid spending time in the water or near boats after consuming alcohol.
Apply waterproof, broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. If you towel off, sweat or go swimming, reapply every two hours.
In addition to covering yourself in sunscreen, cover up in insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and ticks away. Check your body for ticks after spending time in wooded areas.
Protect your face, neck and shoulders with a large brimmed hat. Sunglasses will also protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.