7 summer habits to practice now and all year long
As the days grow longer and the temperature warmer, check out these seven tips to start summer right.
- Stock up on produce. Summer fruits and vegetables like strawberries, blueberries and tomatoes aren’t as tasty when sold in the winter. The fresh flavor and nutrition from your favorite summer fruits and veggies can carry over into the off-season by freezing them when they are still as fresh as possible.
- Stay active. Walk around the office throughout the day and get moving during your lunch break. “Staying active is important for your heart to stay healthy. When winter comes around, try walking inside more versus outside, like you would in the summer,” says Dr. Emelie Ilarde, a family medicine physician at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. “A 15-minute walk on your lunch break can make all the difference by keeping your blood flowing throughout the day.”
- Apply sunscreen. Though the sun’s UV rays are strongest in the summer, sunscreen should be worn all year to prevent skin cancer and sun damage. “Skin is sensitive to the sun, even in the harsh winter months,” says Dr. Ilarde.
- Wear sunglasses. You are at risk of eye problems if you fail to protect them during every season. It is just as important to protect your eyes with sunglasses as it is to keep your skin safe with sunscreen.
- Hydrate. Staying hydrated, even in cold months, is crucial for your overall health. Consuming water will boost your immune system and help prevent from catching a cold or flu during peak season.
- Guard yourself from mosquitoes. Although less of a concern in the dead of winter, mosquito season starts in the summer and continues into fall. Over the upcoming months, remember to apply bug spray or wear long pants and shirts to avoid contracting West Nile or other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Try water workouts. Aqua Zumba, water aerobics or lap swimming are a few exercise techniques to try out. Continue to stay active at your local gym’s indoor pool in cooler months.
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