Jul 1st, 2015
Author: Cocoon Web Design
Summer is here! Which means nice warm weather and barbeques. But you’ve been working so hard on getting beach ready or just trying to get healthier, you don’t want to ruin it. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and safe during the summer months.
Food-Just because you are attending a cookout, that doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy and enjoy your favorite foods. A few simple substitutes can make all the difference. Switch out the white bun for whole wheat, rye or sourdough. White bread spikes your insulin levels up, which controls your body’s decision to store fat or burn fat. A simple switch like that can make a difference. Also grill lean meats instead. Chicken, steak, turkey, tuna, these are all a better health choice than those burgers and dogs. And while you’re at it grill some veggies too!
Physical Activity-Staying active on those hot summer days can be hard to do. But what better way to cool off than to go for a swim. Swimming is a fantastic way to cool off and an excellent form of exercise. Besides being a good form of cardio, there is higher resistance in water activities with low impact on the body. And how about a bike ride instead of driving to your local park, beach, or to see the fireworks?
Safety-It is very important to your health to make sure you’re staying hydrated. You should be drinking a minimum of 8, 8oz (or a half a gallon of water) a day, even more if you’re going to be outside out all day in the hot sun. You can always add so lemon, lime, oranges, really any kind of fruit to spice it up a little bit. And last but certainly not least, make sure you are applying sunscreen regularly. It prevents sunburn, reduces risk of skin cancer, and helps fight early signs of aging. Make sure you apply it every 2 hours or after swimming.