Summer is the best time of the year for college students. You are done with another challenging school year and are dying to jump in any kind of body of water. People start their summer jobs and don’t have the stress of classes bearing on their shoulders. Summer is underway, and we all want a nice, positive, memorable break away from the books. Whether you will be hitting the beach or making some summer dough, here are some easy steps and tips to keep your summer break healthy and fun!
One tip is to take in a lot of fresh foods. Summer is the ideal time for a lot of produce, and fresh cuts of meat to be at their best quality. Seafood, fruits, and vegetables and all great summer foods that will not only be delicious, but boost your metabolism as well. Grilling out with seafood, vegetables, and other meats is a great way to get the whole family together to eat dinner, and ensure that everyone is getting necessary nutrients. Mixed berries are also ideal to have in the summer. WebMD’s article, “8 Summer Steps for Healthy Living,” says having a cup of mixed fresh berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.) daily will help you load up on antioxidants, and even help keep your cholesterol down.
Another great summer tip is to keep yourself hydrated. It can get crazy hot in late summer, and when you’re out and about, you want to make sure your body is not getting dehydrated. Dehydration is not fun to deal with, and if you want to keep active this summer you better keep a water bottle full of water with you wherever you go.
Though you need to really stay hydrated, you also need to keep getting some good exercise. Exercising, and staying active is important at any time of year, but summer is one of the best seasons to exercise. When it starts getting too hot, you will have to strategize your running or walking time frame to make sure you won’t be exposed to too much heat. Running or walking in the mornings or at night are the best times when it starts breaking into the 90s. As I said before, when you are out and about you have to ensure you get enough water, especially when you are exercising regularly.
Applying sunscreen when you go outside during the summer is probably the most common, yet most important, tip of being smart in the summer heat. The skin is the largest organ, and when it is severely damaged the whole body can suffer because of it. This is also very important to do when you are on vacation. When you are on a body of water, or lying beside it, the water is attracting more sun. This means you will need more sunscreen to protect your skin from the bad UV rays. Tanning will still happen over time, but avoid the dreaded sunburn.
Summer is my favorite time of year, and I know others feel the exact same way. Summer is the time to let loose, relax, and recover from the school year. Let your body relax and recover and be smart for summer 2014! Using these tips will make sure your summer is perfection! Happy Summer!!!