This is a collaborative post.
The summer season is upon us, but now is not the time to go crazy.
We shouldn’t give up our fitness goals because the local beach is calling us, and we shouldn’t give up on our good eating habits for the sake of a summer barbecue with our friends and families.
To get the most out of the season, we should all make the effort to care for our health, and if you’re in need of a little advice, these wellness tips should be useful to you.
#1: Stay active
You might be inclined to lounge on the beach or in your garden over the summer, and while there is no harm in this, you need to remember your fitness goals. Rest is important, and if you’re in need of relaxation, you should definitely take time out for yourself. However, exercise is important too, especially if you’re trying to get a fit summer body, so make the time to take part in some kind of physical activity.
How you stay fit is up to you. But if the weather is warm, you might want to do something outdoors instead of going to the gym. You might take a walk somewhere scenic, for example, or you might want to get on your bike. And if the weather is hot, now might be the time to get into your swimming costume if you have a pool or if there is a beach near you.
The exercise will do you good, not only physically, but mentally too. And especially if you keep fit in the great outdoors, your soul will thank you for the nourishing benefits of the fresh air and sunshine.
#2: Protect yourself from the sun
Okay, so we have just advocated getting out into the sunshine, but you don’t need us to remind you of the sun’s dangerous UV rays.
It’s obvious to say, we know, but you do need to invest in quality sunscreen. When your skin is unprotected, you are leaving yourself open to more than just sunburn, so for your long-term health, make sure you lather up every time you step outdoors. Be sure to buy the right sunscreen for your skin needs, and avoid anything that comes overloaded with too many toxic chemicals. This sunscreen guide should be useful to you, so check it out.
You also need to protect your eyes from the sun. Too much exposure could lead to eye melanoma and cataracts, so a good pair of sunglasses is a must. Visit www.eyeglasses.com, and search for the sunglasses that have the best sun-resistance.
Then there are those common-sense tips that you will be used to, we’re sure. Stay in the shade when possible, especially when exercising, as you will become less prone to sunburn and heat exhaustion. Be sure to stay hydrated too. Always carry a bottle of water around with you, and top it up when you’re running empty. And when you need a refreshing drink to hydrate your body, avoid alcohol. This is because alcohol dehydrates your body, so it’s a poor substitute for good old-fashioned H20.
#3: Know when to say ‘no’
If the summer season is your only opportunity for rest and relaxation, don’t overburden yourself with too many activities. Sure, you might need to look after the needs of your family, and you might want to have days out with family members and friends, but you need to care for your own needs too!
So, if you need to rely on childminders for part of your summer break, fine. If you need to put your friends on hold for a few days, then do so. Use the time you have alone to refresh yourself.
Find time to sleep if you need the extra zzz’s, and experience the healing sleep can bring. Take the time to mentally unwind with a spa day, be that at home or at a venue near you. Reconnect with any hobbies that may have been put on the back burner because of your normally busy schedule. And spend time outdoors alone, and take in the beauty of the world around you.
The consequence of not saying ‘no’ can be burnout, especially if you’re already feeling frazzled. So, as hard as it might be to turn other people down, do spend some of your summer months alone, and use your me-time to reconnect with your inner being, your personal passions, and your need for rest and relaxation.
#4: Know when to say ‘yes’
Okay, it might seem as if we are contradicting ourselves here, but bear with us.
If you spend too much time alone, you might miss out on the social company of others. You might also use your time to focus on work or your household chores, especially if you rarely leave your house. So, while we do advocate alone time for relaxation purposes, we would also recommend time with others, as you will feel the benefits.
For one, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of others, especially if they are the people who lift you up rather than pull you down. You will also be able to enjoy the many activities that could be open to you during the summer months, including festivals, zoo trips, beach days, and the many other things that could be specific to where you live.
When you leave your house, you will experience fun, laughter, and the joy of new things. So, enjoy me-time by all means, but enjoy time with others too if you are invited away from your literal and figurative comfort zone.
Extra tip: In light of the Coronavirus and social distancing rules, do take care. Enjoy time outdoors as much as you can, but steer away from large groups of people, sanitize your hands often, and mask up when you need to. You know this already, of course, but too many people are putting themselves and others at risk by not taking safety measures when enjoying life outdoors, so stay away from them.
#5: Watch your diet
After months of eating a carefully screened diet, you might be tempted to throw caution to the wind for a hot dog from the barbecue, a sugary drink from the local store, and any unhealthy snack foods that are tasty but ever so bad for you. You will be tempted because of the hot weather, and because you will be looking for something to nibble on when you’re lounging in the garden, or when you’re throwing barbecues for your friends and family.
While it’s probably okay to treat yourself from time to time, you should still make the effort to stop your sugar cravings and avoid those foods that you know aren’t good for you.
Go online and look for summer snack ideas. Cook healthier foods on the barbecue. Stock up your pantry with yummy but healthy drinks and foods instead of those items that could sabotage your diet plans. And look online for healthy ideas on how to make your own ice cream and yogurts too.
You will have more energy when you eat and drink better, and you will be more inclined to get outdoors, exercise, and have more time with the people who matter to you.
To make sure you have a healthy summer, follow our wellness tips.
You will enjoy the benefits of a healthier mind and body if you do, and you might encourage the people around you to live healthier too.
So, have fun, relax when you can, and do those things that you enjoy, especially if they keep you active over the summer.