Everyone is thinking about the beach and getting a beach-ready body this summer. The warmer weather means that we change some of our daily routine to make it more convenient for us to go about our daily lives.
Here are some tips to keep yourself and your family healthy this summer despite the heat and even while you’re boosting your exercise regimen for the beach.
1. Apply Your Sunscreen
Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays with daily sunscreen application. Make sure to apply it as instructed and do it daily, liberally and re-apply especially when going outdoors. Choose one with higher Sun Protection Factor (SPF) when planning to stay under the sun for a long time, like going to the beach for several hours of swimming.
2. Use Your Umbrella
For more skin protection, bring your umbrella and use it when going out doors. Ladies usually carry small umbrellas in their bags but summer calls for better protection so opt for bigger sized umbrellas that you can carry with you to the office. Choose ones in bright colours to add some pop to your office outfits.
3. Exfoliate and Moisturise
The warm weather means that we sweat more easily which also means more dirt accumulating on our skin. Exfoliate regularly while taking your bath and moisturise with your favourite lotion right after to keep your skin clear and soft.
4. Boost Hydration
Sweating a lot during the summer months means more loss of water from your body. To prevent dehydration and heat stroke, be sure to up your water intake during these months. You might have to pee more times than usual at first but your body will adjust.
5. Load Up on Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
Save more on your food budget by buying and consuming fruits and veggies in season during the summer months. Most fruits are available all year but summer fruits include mangoes, mangosteen, durian, lanzones, pineapple and rambutan. Eat them by themselves or use in your favourite smoothies.
6. Choose Fresh Juices and Shakes
Instead of going for a glass of your favourite soda or juice drink, get yourself a glass of fresh fruit juice or a fruit shake. Fresh juices and shakes won’t just quench your thirst but also provide you with the added benefits of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy.
7. Eat More Cooling Foods
Aside from fresh fruit juices and shakes, incorporate foods that cool down the body in your meals. These include watermelon, coconut water, cucumber, mint, fennel seeds, avocado, grapes, pears, honeydew, lime, pears and many more.
8. Downsize Your Meals
Summer means that your body is warmer making it longer for the stomach to digest food as it needs to focus on keeping you cool. Plus, the warm weather doesn’t really make you feel that hungry but more thirsty. This means that you should go for lighter meals rather than heavy, high-calorie meals especially for dinner. This also means, you don’t even need to go on an excessive restrictive diet to get your body beach ready.
9. Keep Snacks Lighter
As part of downsizing your food intake, keep your snacks light as well. Instead of choosing fried food, choose healthier options such as nuts, seeds, trails mixes, fresh fruit, etc.
10. Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that insects carrying viruses are not around. So be sure to bring with you mosquito repellent lotion or sprays or patches that you can put on your clothes when hiking or trekking especially at dusk and dawn. Be sure to clear out any containers with stale water in your home to keep mosquitoes out.
We hope these tips are helpful in keeping you and your family safe and healthy this summer season.