Summer is upon us, and although the summer months may look slightly different from previous years, we want to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy regardless of what activities you partake in. Summer is the perfect time to work on improving your health and dedicating more time to becoming a healthier, stronger you.
1. Get Fresh Air
Whether you are quarantining alone or social distancing with friends and family, it is important to get as much fresh air in your home as possible. Open window and doors, clean and dust regularly, and wash your sheets as often as you can.
2. Practice Sun Safety
If you venture outside (at a safe distance from others), it is important to remember sun protection. Whether that be a clean, non-toxic sunscreen (don’t forget those tricky spots like your ears, nose and tops of your feet) or long sleeves and a hat, it’s important to remember that the sun is stronger during the summer months and if you’re not careful, you may end up with a nasty sunburn.
3. Stay Hydrated
As the days get longer and warmer, staying well hydrated becomes even more important. Aim to drink more than eight glasses of water each day. However, drinking extra water can get boring after a while, so try adding some organic frozen fruit to your water like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. Or opt for high-water content fruit snacks like watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, or cucumbers. If you are indulging in an alcoholic beverage, remember alcohol is a diuretic and causes your body to remove fluids through your renal system at a much faster rate than other fluids. Be sure to drink enough water to prevent dehydration and a hangover the next day. A cold beer, sangria, or wine spritzer are refreshing options, but remember, alcohol should be consumed in moderation to prevent against heart disease.
4. Move Your Body
We all know how hard it can be to find motivation to work out on a consistent schedule, and during the hot summer days it can be even more challenging. Try exercising earlier in the day to avoid the peak of the heat during the day. The hottest part of the summer days is typically between 11am and 5pm. Take a walk in your neighborhood, rollerblade, go for a swim, or hike on your favorite trail. If you exercise outdoors, it’s important to remember to check yourself and your pets for ticks.
5. Protect Your Eyes
Lastly, it is important to take good care of your eyes this summer. Protect your vision with protective eye wear to block out at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Wearing sunglasses also helps prevent cataracts and wrinkles around the eyes.
Consider these tips this summer and stay safe and healthy all season long. At Holtorf Medical Group we are committed to putting your health first. Schedule an appointment today with one of our health providers to get you feeling your best.