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Achieving Optimal Health This Summer!

By Donna Stark

It's been a long year and many of us are looking for ways to brighten up our lives. We want to eat healthier, we want to move more, and we want to live lighter. Luckily, summer is right around the corner and is the perfect time to indulge in as many healthy meals and outdoor activities as we want. In fact, if you are looking to get back on the path to good health, you may as well join the crowd! Here are some simple strategies that are easy to incorporate into your life.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important, especially during the hot summer months when your body loses more fluids through sweat. An easy goal to shoot for is to start and end your day with a glass of water and to drink at least 12 ounces at every meal. If you find it difficult to drink that much water, try infusing it with fruit, mint leaves, or cucumbers. You can also increase your water intake by eating water-rich foods, such as watermelon, celery, oranges, and soup.

Stay Physically Active

Lace up your shoes and head outdoors. It's time to get moving! Daily physical activity will strengthen your bones, muscles, and immune system while reducing levels of stress and the risk of serious health conditions. Whether you are having fun playing with your Frisbee, water skiing, or riding your bike, or working in the yard and garden, your body will thank you for the movement!

Stay Satisfied

If you want an extra boost of nutrition and would like to feel fuller for longer, swap out the whites in your diet and choose whole grains instead. Replace regular pasta and white bread with whole-wheat versions and substitute your white rice with chickpeas or couscous. It's an easy way to maintain a healthy weight while gaining extra vitamins, fiber, and minerals.

Stay the Course

Summer evenings generally tend to run long, but did you know that eating late at night increases the likelihood you will gain weight? If you are trying to lose a few extra pounds or would like to maintain the weight you are at, try to consume the bulk of your calories during the day. If you have trouble with late-night munchies, choose the types of snacks that won't set you back with your weight goals, such as fruit, yogurt, or popcorn. It's also a good idea to "close" your kitchen after a certain time during the day. Many experts recommend this to occur at least two hours before bed.

Achieving a Healthy Summer

With just a few adjustments to your daily routine, you can easily improve your overall health and wellness during the summer months. Are you ready to live lighter? Get started today!

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

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