Forget New Year’s resolutions. Summer is the best time of year to commit to healthier habits.
Let the summer season guide you into feeling your best with these 6 healthy habits.
Water with lemon, water with lime, water with ice. Sunshine and warmer weather call for feeling cool and refreshed. The old 8-glasses-a-day rule is slightly inaccurate, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s easy to remember and close to the goals recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Not a big fan of water? Do what you can and add in some fruits and veggies with a high water content to help make up the difference.
From swimming to hiking, to a simple neighborhood walk, summer is the perfect time to add some more activity to your life. Think small goals that can be maintained consistently. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of activity a day, but that can be incorporated in segments that fit your lifestyle and schedule.
3. Up your fruits and veggies
Berries, zucchini, tomatoes. In-season produce during this time of year is delicious and more cost-effective. Have a cup of berries with a little indulgent whipped cream, or add grilled or raw or cooked veggies to a rice salad. Incorporating produce into every meal will ensure a more nutritious diet.
4. Grill lean protein
Summer barbecues don’t have to be limited to just hamburgers and hot dogs (although a treat now and then is OK!). Grilled chicken, fish and lean pork are healthy additions to the menu.
5. Protect your skin
Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 every two hours. Sunscreen is best when used as part of a multimodal approach to sun protection, along with optimizing shade and the use of protective clothing.
6. Slow down
From vacations to BBQs, summer fills quickly with lots of social engagements. Enjoy them all, but make sure to set aside a little time where you can read a good book, go for a solo nature walk, or spend time with the people you’re closest with. Make a summer date during which you do something only for you (and then honor it!).