There’s a lot to love about summer. Warm weather and breaks from school mean weekends at the beach, backyard barbecues and outdoor dinners. Summer is a season to be enjoyed, but it’s important to be aware of associated health risks – for example, gatherings loaded with high-calorie tasty treats and extended time in the sun. Here are a few tips to make the most of your summer while still keeping your health in check.
1. Drink lots and lots of water
After a long day in the summer sun, your body needs hydration. Start your day with a glass of water and make sure to hydrate during meals and after physical activity. Carrying an infuser bottle can be a tasty way to make your water a little more exciting with summer berries or fresh herbs!
2.Cook dinner with friends
Not only are summer barbeques a classic way to spend warm evenings, spending time with family and friends is actually beneficial for your health. And when you involve your friends and family in your healthy lifestyle, you’re more likely to keep up your healthy habits.
3.Eat colorful produce
Summer brings plenty of fresh choices to add in to your dinner cycle, from blackberries to eggplant. Plus, switching up your fruit and veggie routine ensures that your body is always getting enough of all the nutrients produce has to offer.
4.Don’t skip breakfast
With warm summer air and the beach calling your name, it can be tempting to skip breakfast in order to get out the door faster. But eating breakfast is important to give your body fuel and kickstart your metabolism for the day. Eggs, yogurt or whole-wheat oatmeal are great options to make sure you’re eating enough protein.
5.Enjoy healthy frozen treats
Ice cream and milkshakes are perfect for a once-in-a-while summer treat, but for a healthy and refreshing beach treat, try making your own fruit popsicles. You can still enjoy frozen treats without the high calories and added fats!
What’s your favorite way to stay healthy during the summer?