Rethink Your Summer Health
By Brandi Goodman
Summer isn't over yet. There's still time to take some of those bad habits you've been following and change them for the better. Rethink your summer health so you can finish out the season strong and maintain healthy habits throughout the rest of the year.
Exchange Ice Cream, Fried Foods, for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Ice cream is one of the more popular summer snacks. It keeps you cool on the hottest days. Fried foods are popular during this season as well. Fried Oreos, hot dogs fried in batter on a stick, fried pickles, and more adorn fair food cart menus. It's fine to indulge on an occasion or two, but it shouldn't be all you're eating. You need to exchange these unhealthy options for fresh fruits and vegetables that will really keep you hydrated and fueled.
Skip the Soda and Choose Water
Soda pop is a common caffeine choice during the summer months. Whether you're on the run and need to grab a quick drink from the gas station, or arrived at a party in which they're serving cans, a cold beverage with a bite can seem like a solid choice. Skip the soda and choose water to truly be hydrated and safe. Your body needs proper hydration to handle the heat. Caffeinated drinks will only leave you feeling bloated and low when the crash happens.
Stick to Your Sleep Routine
It can be tough to fall asleep when it's hot. You may also want to fill your summer with activities and try to stay up later to fit it all in. You really should be sticking to a sleep routine though and making sure you're getting the rest your body needs. Starting a sleep routine now and sticking with it can help you maintain that same pattern throughout the rest of the year -- no matter what's going on.
You may think that exercising in any way is good for you. Though physical activity is necessary for good health, there is a wrong way to do it. You wouldn't want to work out in the heat, for example, without staying hydrated. You need to exercise safely for the occasion. This may mean choosing a water workout instead of one on solid ground if you have joint pain. Drinking plenty of water and wearing moisture-wicking clothing could help when you're outside. You should always think of safety when you're working out.
Your summer habits should be healthy ones. Developing a healthy habit now can help you to maintain that same effort throughout the rest of the year. If you're used to eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of exercise, and sleeping right, you'll be more likely to continue doing so when temptations set in during the holiday season of fall and winter.
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