In our busy lives, we sometimes forget the importance of taking good care of ourselves. Whilst it’s important to make an effort for the world community, it starts with you; it’s crucial to look after your health. Here are some handy tips for staying healthy this summer. Remember, good physical health helps your mental health, and by looking after both mental and psychical health, you are giving yourself a better opportunity to relax and enjoy this summer.
The winter months are over, but that’s no excuse to stop paying attention to your health! Here are our top tips for staying healthy this summer.
We’ve all heard it before, but we thought we’d include it anyways. Our bodies run on water and the hot summer weather makes it all the more important to stay well hydrated. Drinking water is especially important when you enjoy some alcoholic beverages, be they Pimms, beer or just a glass of wine; Alcohol dehydrates you and affects your kidneys by inhibiting certain hormones.
Don’t wait until you’re feeling thirsty to drink a glass of water! Thirst can be a sign that your body is already dehydrated. This will impact not only your health but also your mental health and energy levels. Not good for a summer break!
Get some sunshine!
Studies show that almost 50% of the UK’s population could be Vitamin D deficient. This matters for several reasons; vitamin D has important roles in immunity, bone, muscle health, blood pressure and cognitive functions including memory.
The best and easiest way, weather permitting, is to expose your skin to bare sunlight; not too hard after all! You don’t need to stay in the sunlight long enough to tan or burn; 10 minutes will do. AIm to do this 3 times a week and once you’re done, remember to apply your usual skin care products and sunscreen.
With the sunny weather and gentle breeze, what better time than summer to start living an active lifestyle! No specific instructions on this one; just put some trainers on, go to the park and do some sort of activity! This doesn’t have to make you sweat, pant or excessively tire you; after all, the summer months are for fun, not pain!
Here are some examples of how you could make easy moves to stay healthier, and hopefully have a bit of fun!
- Walk your dog every day down the park
- A family cycle ride or holiday
- Go to an active leisure centre, such as forest climbing or swimming
Try to eat healthily!
We all love a good BBQ in the summer months, but they aren’t always the healthiest meals. We don’t want you to stop enjoying them but maybe think of healthy ingredients you could implement into your dishes. Maybe replace the fatty burgers with some fresh fish on the grill, or use seeded buns. It doesn’t need to be dramatic but it makes all the difference!
For more ideas on how to stay healthy, visit the NHS – Live Well site
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