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6 Summer Goals to Keep You Healthy

By Brandi Goodman 

The summer season is typically the healthiest one for many people. You may find yourself exercising outside more, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. These are great habits to have throughout the summer and the remainder of the year. With some additional summer goals to help keep you healthy, you're bound to have your best summer yet.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

Sunscreen is often applied when you hit the beach or stay outdoors for a few hours in the sun. This is good practice, but you should actually be wearing sunscreen daily. Even when the sun isn't out and brightly shining, it's still there behind the clouds. The harmful rays emitted can still cause damage. Apply sunscreen anytime you're outside.

Keep Multiple Pairs of Sunglasses

Remembering to bring your one pair of sunglasses along isn't always easy. It's easier if you keep multiple pairs in your most-visited places, such as one in the car, one on your nightstand, one at work, and anywhere else you visit frequently. You'll always have sunglasses available to keep your eyes protected while you're driving or outdoors if you follow this plan.

Check Conditions Before Going Outdoors

It may seem like a nice, sunny day -- but looks can be deceiving. The air quality may be poor or the heat index might be too high. Perhaps the waves at the beach are rough and dangerous. It's important to check these conditions before going outdoors so you know whether it's safe to be out. 

Stick With Water

You may enjoy an adult beverage now or then, or even want some caffeine to get you going in the morning. These drinks can dehydrate you quickly. You should really be sticking with water as your beverage of your choice on all occasions. It will hydrate your body and keep your joints fueled and flexible. Infuse it with fruit if you want some flavor.

Maintain Your Bedtime Routine

It's easy to stay up late when the sun is still out or you have plans with friends. You want to make the most of your summer, after all. Doing so, however, is actually detrimental to your health. You should really be maintaining a bedtime routine so you can get all the sleep your body needs to stay fully functioning and able to handle your activities. A lack of sleep can quickly lead to feelings of stress and even bring on illness easier.

Bike More Than Drive

Driving gets you where you need to go more quickly, but it doesn't do much to help you maintain your health. Biking is a better alternative. You don't need to spend money on gas -- nor will you be emitting pollution into the air. You'll be burning calories and getting in a good workout every time you bike.

Stick with your summer goals to keep yourself healthy and well. You can continue these goals throughout the entire year for improved well-being. They benefit your body and brain more than you know.

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

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