Summer is around the corner! It’s time to attend all the BBQs, dig out the swimwear and jet off on some vacation for some well-deserved chill time on the beach (pending this whole COVID thing!). But for many of us, summer also brings with it temptations of excessive sun exposure, sweet treats, and other health woes, so it's just as important to look after ourselves in the warmer weather. We have eight tips for staying happy and healthy this summer, so keep these on your radar and enjoy your summer guilt free!
Wear your SPF!
It is important to use a sun lotion of at least SPF 30, or even better 50, in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. For sensitive skin, a mineral-based sunscreen is best. Try not to sit in the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm for an extended duration, but if you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming. Remember to use a facial sunscreen.
Drink plenty of water!
During the hot summer months, heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. A lack of water is harmful to your body and can also make you crave food when you're not actually hungry. It is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least eight to nine glasses of water a day. Try adding some slices of cucumber or lemon to add a fresh flavor.
Beware of “healthy” smoothies!
Fruit smoothies are a great way to get keep refreshed throughout the summer, but watch out for smoothies made with frozen yoghurts, ice cream or too much fruit, as they're loaded with hidden sugar and calories! A better option is a green smoothie, made with both fruit and veggies, still sweet and delicious, but much lower in sugar.
Keep up the exercise regime!
Before you hide those running shoes in the wardrobe, remember summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. On very hot days, change your exercise plan and take it indoors if temperatures rise to a very high level. Take a class, or try an online workout. It's best not to work out in the blazing sunshine, but on a cooler day there's nothing to stop you heading out for a run or bike ride, or a bodyweight HIIT workout. Be sure to take plenty of water and wear SPF.
Why not try a summer dip at your local pool, gym or neighbor’s house? Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30-minute session will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, you could try a water aerobics class. Swimming is a great workout that is easy on the joints.
Protect your hair!
Our hair suffers a lot during the summer. Constant heat, sun damage and chlorine takes a toll on our hair and can leave it feeling limp and dull after the summer months. Try a clarifying shampoo to remove the chlorine and any excess product or sun cream, before using a conditioning treatment to add moisture back in. If you can, avoid heat styling.
Eat well by the pool!
When the sun is beating down, the idea of seeking out the nearest ice cream stand is seriously tempting. There's nothing wrong with a treat in the heat, but coming prepared with a healthy lunch will mean you get the nutrition you need. Fill your cooler with bottled water, sandwiches, vegetable sticks, hummus and salads for healthy options.
Take up a new hobby!
Summer is the perfect time to take up a new activity. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and will actually help you burn some calories! Not your thing? Try some sports like tennis or golf. Yoga or Pilates offer awesome healthy benefits, allow you to socialize and can be very relaxing.
Make the most out of Summer 2020! Have fun, be safe, try new things and always keep your health in mind!