1. Always wear sunscreen
It is important to use a sunscreen lotion of at least SPF 30 in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. If you plan to be in the sun for an extended period of time, you should reapply sunscreen every two to three hours.
2. Drink lots of water
During the hot months, heat and sweat can leave your body dehydrated. Make sure you’re drinking the recommended eight to ten glasses a day to ensure you stay hydrated and healthy all summer long.
3. Easy fresh food
Summer means fresh produce! Take a trip to the farmers market and grab a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables. You can incorporate the seasonal goodies into your meals all summer long.
4. Stay in the shade
The summer sun can be nice, but it’s important to stay in the shade whenever possible. Try to limit your time in the direct sunshine between 10am and 4pm, when UV exposure is at its peak. If you can’t avoid the sun, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses.
5. Go on vacation
There’s no better time to disconnect from the real world than summer! Whether you go on a week-long adventure or just a quick weekend getaway, hit the road and disconnect before the weather starts cooling down.
6. Get some sleep
Summer is always filled with lots of fun activities, but make sure you don’t over-do-it. Get the proper amount of rest each night so that you can stay healthy and energetic.
7. Play in the dirt
Summer is the best time to get outside and play in the dirt! Start a garden, work in the yard, or take a hike. Spending time outdoors and connecting with nature can instantly boost your mood!
8. Exercise outdoors
Get out of the house and hit the pavement! Go for a run, hike, bike ride, or swim some laps. Do the exercises that you can’t do when the weather is cold and rainy.
9. Protect your eyes
It’s important to protect your eyes whenever you’re in the sun. Sun damage can cause cataracts and wrinkles. Choose sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays.
10. Go light on the alcohol
It’s easy to go overboard on the alcoholic drinks when you’re attending summer BBQs and graduation parties. Try to skip the hard alcohol and opt for something a little lighter like a spritzer or beer.
Always drink in moderation and consult with your doctor if you’re unsure about whether or not you can consume alcohol.