Spring is here and summer is well and truly on its way, and that means lots of changes occur as a matter of course for many of us. We spend more time outdoors, we tend to make a bit more of an effort to stay in shape and the sun does something that motivates us (sometimes) to actually make the effort to live a little healthier.
Even with social distancing restrictions you are being encouraged to get outside. But if you are still not getting that feel good warm weather vibe yet, maybe we can help. There are some very easy ways to develop healthy summer habits that are not hard to follow at all. Here are just a few ideas:
Start Working Out in the Morning
The milder temperatures of an early Georgia summer morning do tend to make getting up in general a little easier and, provided you get up in time to beat the summer heat, an early morning workout can be a great start to a summer day. It does not have to be a trip to the gym, especially as most of those are still closed right now. Instead, take advantage of the improving weather and enjoy a run, walk, jog or even a bike ride to get your day started on a healthier note.
Try a Farmer’s Market
After months of cold weather, and the ‘hearty’ food that tends to go along with it, many of us are actually craving some juicy and colorful fresh fruit and delicious salads. But don’t just head to the supermarket to stock up on fruit and veg take a trip to a local farmer’s market instead.
Not only is the produce fresher and in many cases completely organic but a morning or afternoon spent wandering an outdoor market can make for a lovely summer day out anyway. Most of them are open despite the current regulations and The Georgia Department of Agriculture offers a great list of them right here.
Eat Alfresco Whenever You Can
There is something very refreshing, relaxing and even calming about getting out of the kitchen or dining room and eating outside. Whether it’s getting up a few minutes earlier so you can enjoy a healthy breakfast (which you know is a must) on the patio or enjoying a bag lunch in the backyard, it’s both a healthy summer habit and a wonderful stress reliever you should indulge in as often as possible. And what could be a better way to end the day than dinner under the stars?
Drink More Water
Do you struggle to down those recommended eight glasses of water a day? In the summer it is more crucial than at any other time that you find a way to consume at least that much to remain hydrated and healthy.
Have a problem working out how much weight glasses really is? It’s somewhere around about 1.9 liters, which is the as much as is contained in three refills of the standard sports bottle. So if you drink three full water bottles a day you’re good.
If you hate the boring and bland taste of plain water and that’s why you struggle to drink enough then add a few slices of fruit – lemons, limes, berries, whatever you like – to a pitcher of water, refrigerate it overnight and then use that naturally flavored H2O to get you through the day.
Start the Day with Sunscreen
Sunscreen is not something that you put on only when you head to the beach. It’s very important that your skin is protected whenever and wherever you venture out in the summer, even if most of your day will be spent indoors. In fact, it’s one of those healthy summer habits that could actually save your life.
Apply sunscreen after your morning shower and if you are a lady who still likes a little makeup in the summer a tinted moisturizer with SPF of 15-20 will not only protect your complexion from the effects of the sun’s rays but it will look prettier and far more natural than a heavy foundation in the hotter weather as well.