Every season we find some excuse to disregard healthy lifestyles. All of winter, some of us told ourselves it was the rain and cold preventing us from exercising outdoors. Now that it’s summer, we might claim it’s too hot to go anywhere near a gym. These are excuses and bad ones. We must find ways to stay healthy and fit during summer, as we should every season. We all want a better life, fewer days of being ill and to increase our productivity. So let’s consider how we can stay healthy during the hotter days of the year.
Summer means sweating, meaning we lose more water. This requires us to hydrate, to replenish what the sun takes away. As Family Doctor notes:
“Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.”
It’s best to keep a bottle of water nearby. Don’t buy bottled water, since this doesn’t provide anything extra aside from a fancy container. However, good quality containers can be obtained and regularly filled with tap water. Try not to keep water in the car, since this can heat up bottles and release harmful chemicals into the water itself.
The outside world is now available to us. Go for regular jogs or walks to keep the heart pumping. If we’re trapped inside, there are still plenty of workout routines that can be equally effective. Push ups, sit ups and many other important exercises don’t require the outdoors (indeed, many of us might prefer the privacy of indoor workout routines). Even offices should not stop us from exercising. The point is, whether we work for a hospital insurance company or a game park, we can all find ways to stay fit.
3. Eat right
Summer is the ideal time to take trips to local markets, to pick up the freshest fruit and vegetables. We can cut down on ordering in and eating junk food, since the weather is calling us to come outside and take in what nature – not the delivery guy – provides. Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating tasteless foods – we can even create delicious, but healthy ice-cream and yoghurt substitutes.
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