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Healthy Summer Habits

Summer marks a clear change of pace. Maybe your working, taking summer classes, traveling, interning or just sitting back and relaxing, the beautiful weather promotes having more time to focus on you. In the summer, we're often healthier with happier versions of ourselves fueled by the rays of sunshine and blue skies!

To stay healthy in the summer here are some good habits to carry forward into your busy routines.

  1. Do water workouts and make waves getting fit and strong.

  2. Eat a more balanced diet by adding color, variety, and flavor to your meals with fruits and vegetables fresh from your local farmers market.

  3. Visit museums, the zoo, or an aquarium. You'll walk for hours without realizing it and it's great exercise while multitasking and expanding your horizons.

  4. When the sidewalks feel like an egg in a frying pan, get moving indoors with a fun fitness video.

  5. Find new passions like starting a small garden in your yard or in a community patch to exercise, grow healthy food, and have fun with family and neighbors.

  6. Plan a weekend hike through a park, a family badminton game, or an evening walk around your neighborhood. Disconnect from social media!

  7. Get some sleep. Besides feeling more energized overall, going to bed early could mean waking up earlier and being able to enjoy what the day has to offer.

  8. Fuel your summer with nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds.

  9. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise, especially when the temperature soars.

  10. Strengthen your muscles regularly or at least twice a week with push-ups, pull-ups, or lifting weights.

  11. Beat the heat with an early morning activity. Go for a walk or bike ride while watching the sunrise.

There's a reason we love the summer – life just seems so much easier with fewer obligations. We get into healthier habits, we have more fun and we feel great!

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