Welcome to summer! Time to hit the beaches, enjoy the sunshine, take a dip in the pool, and invite friends over for a yummy barbecue.
Summer might mean fun in the sun — and it does! — yet it is important to remember to maintain our health, too.
Don’t let summer get the best of you. Here are three tips that will keep you healthy and energized during this season so the fun can last even longer!
1) Stay hydrated!
We hear this a million times during the season, and it is for a good reason. According to The American Heart Association, getting enough to drink is important when the temperatures rise, and also critical for your heart health.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart to pump blood more easily through your blood vessels to the muscles, and helps your muscles work efficiently. When you are hydrated, your heart does not have to work as hard.
Dehydration can be a serious condition that can lead to fatigue, headaches, and even life-threatening heat stroke.
Don’t think that keeping hydrated is only important during exercise. Sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day, even if you aren’t exercising, can also cause your body to need more fluids.
And thirst might not be the best indicator that you need to drink some water — Dr. John Batson of the AHA says that if you get thirsty, you are already dehydrated!
According to Dr. Elson M. Haas from Healthy.net, you should drink at least two to four cups of water when you wake up in the morning, and similar amounts before you go out for activities or exercise. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, and remember to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Fresh fruits and vegetables also have a high water content, so make a point of consuming these foods during hot summer days. This will not only help to keep you cool and hydrated, but will also nourish your body for summertime festivities.
Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks that cause you to lose more fluids.
2) Maximize sun protection!
Your mother was right, sun protection is crucial to skin cancer prevention.