By Kelli Walker
Summer days are always fun and hot, and one of the best things you can do is take care of your body. Taking care of your body doesn’t always mean changing the shape of it, it also means staying healthy with the things you put into it.
1. Stay cool and hydrated.
Summer heat can take a toll on your body in many ways: it can affect your skin, hair, vision, drain your energy and cause heat stroke and other serious health issues. One of the best ways to make sure that everything stays moisturized and hydrated is from within is water.
Drinking water benefits you by keeping you energized, increasing your metabolism, promoting weight loss, building and repairing muscle, boosting your immune system, flushing out toxins and keeping your skin moisturized, to name a few.
2. Make fruit your #1 best friend.
According to Healthyeating.org, “The nutrients in fruit are vital for health and maintenance of your body. The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.”
As stated before, heat can cause strokes and other health risks, so eating fruit is a great way to help prevent this. Plus, you can make other edible things out of fruit such as popsicles for a more useful way than carrying it in a container.
3. Don’t forget to make vegetables your second best friend!
Just like fruit, vegetables have great health benefits too. According to Healthyeating.org, “Vegetables are important part of healthy eating and provide a source of many nutrients, including potassium, fiber, folate (folic acid) and vitamins A, E and C. People who eat fruit and vegetables as part of their daily diet have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. Potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease.”
Despite the fact that vegetables aren’t a popular thing to eat, there are many edible ideas that you can incorporate them into.
4. Stay fit and exercise.
Whether you decide to carry out your workouts in the comfort of your living room or the gym, or do a fun sport activity, the summer is definitely the best time to start. Use the summer heat to keep your muscles loose and help burn calories.
5. Last but not least, don’t fear summer’s enemy: sleep.
Summer is full of fun events and freedom, so sleeping is probably the last thing you want to do or care about. However, if you truly want to get that desired summer body and stay healthy, you’re going to need to appreciate and respect your beauty sleep.
At the end of all your fun activities, you don’t want your body to shut down unexpectedly, so take care of your health and your body by giving it the proper rest it needs.