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Summer Living: Healthy Tips for the Season

July 03, 20242 min read

Everybody loves summer, right?

The sunshine and warm weather can lift our spirits and get us engaging in healthy living. Jogging, gardening, hiking, outdoor swimming… the options are endless with the longer days.

Summer is also a good time to remind ourselves about some healthy lifestyle choices. So, let’s review how to make the most of the season.

Hydrate yourself

That’s right – warmer weather means we need to be even more vigilant about drinking plenty of water. Among the many benefits: It keeps us cooler.

Getting the right amount of water each day also helps increase our metabolism, which helps us lose weight and keep it off. Plus, drinking a glass before a meal helps us feel full faster, so we’re less likely to overeat.

Water is also good for digestion, healthy skin – and just about everything related to a healthy body.

Add cucumber slices or fruit to a pitcher to give a refreshing, light flavor.

Drink water even when you’re not thirsty. A good rule of thumb is to drink between a half-ounce and 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight, according to WebMD.com.

Avoid the heat

Enjoy your outdoor activities before the highest heat of the day.

If you like to garden, for instance, get your digging done around breakfast time rather than in the afternoon.

An evening walk or jog can be much more pleasurable than taking one in the hot middle of the day.

Wear sunscreen and hats

Too much exposure ages the skin and can lead to skin cancers. Consumer Reports says 61 percent of people over 60 don’t use sunscreen. And skin cancers are up among Baby Boomers.

So, get something with an SPF between 30 and 50. Look for UVA and UVB protection. Reapply frequently, and don’t be stingy.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends sunscreen and hats – along with staying in the shade, wearing clothing to the ankles, and wearing a long-sleeved shirt.

For a natural, do-it-yourself sunburn treatment, consider essential oils: peppermint, chamomile, tea tree and lavender; or oatmeal baths. Men’s Health recommends a spray made from 1ounce pure aloe, 1 ounce coconut oil, 2 ounces of witch hazel, 5 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of lavender oil.

Win the Mosquito Wars

Be sure to empty flowerpots, buckets, and other water containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Use outdoor repellents around the yard. Use yellow-hued outdoor lightbulbs, since they attract fewer pests.

To keep the bugs off your body, the CDC recommends mosquito repellent with 5 percent to 50 percent DEET. Others swear by Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Avon Skin So Soft, Repel Tick Defense and other easily found items.

Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid too much alcohol, and get plenty of rest.

We’re here to keep you moving – and it’s always safe and plenty cool in here with us! Come on down.

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