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4 Summer Health Swaps for a Better You

By Brandi Goodman

Just a few changes are all it often takes to make a big difference in your life. During the summer season when so many people are indulging in unhealthy habits, it's important to take a look at just which things you can change for yourself to make a better you. These four summer health swaps can help to improve your well-being more than you realize.

Swap Ice Cream for a Smoothie

Ice cream is the treat of choice for many people in the summer. Rather than indulging in this sugary dessert, swap out the unhealthy option for a more nutritious one. A smoothie is a good choice because it's lower in sugar and calories. Blend together a banana with some ice and other fruit you enjoy and you'll have a dessert that provides plenty of vitamins and nutrients.

Swap Afternoon Tanning for Morning Tanning

The summer sun is a major attraction during the hottest months of the year. You may find yourself wanting to lay out and sunbathe in the afternoon. This is actually when the sun's rays are at their hottest, making it dangerous for you to do so. You should swap your afternoon tanning or outdoor activities with a morning session instead. Before 10 a.m. the sun is not as harsh so you can still get that summer glow without it being as detrimental to your skin.

Swap TV Time With Reading Time

There are going to be days when you're stuck inside. Whether it's raining, the sun is too harsh, or the pollen is bad, you might want to just curl up in front of the TV. Though this is fine to do once in a while, you shouldn't sit and mindlessly watch television when there is reading you can do instead. Reading is better for your brain and helping you retain information, build vocabulary, and keep your mental well-being in check. 

Swap Sandals for Athletic Shoes

Too many people walk around in sandals all summer long. These flat shoes do your feet and legs no good at all. They offer no cushion or support. You should be wearing athletic shoes even in the summer so your body is well-supported with extra cushioning that protects your lower body from the harsh impact of every step you take on the hard ground.

Some simple summer health swaps can make a big difference in your life. If these options don't suit you, you can always find some other habit or activity to swap out with another healthier choice. A better you is waiting.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Ana, Calif.

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