Have a Healthy Summer

Beat the Heat with these Healthy Summer Tips

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

While Exercising:

  • Hydrate

    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.

  • Too Hot?

    Seek bodies of water for exercise. Head to the pool for a refreshing, low-impact workout.

  • Towel Off

    Keep your skin moistened while fighting the heat. Mist your skin with cool water or a damp towel.

While Eating:

  • 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.

  • Shop Local

    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.

While Outdoors:

  • Play Smart

    Avoid spending time in the water or near boats after consuming alcohol.

  • Protect Yourself

    Apply waterproof, broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. If you towel off, sweat or go swimming, reapply every two hours.

  • Bug Off

    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.

  • Cover Up

    Protect your face, neck and shoulders with a large brimmed hat. Sunglasses will also protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.