Tips to Better Your Health This Season!
- Created: July 17, 2013
- by: admin
Hopefully your summer days allow you more time to do the things you love such as sitting poolside or reading a great book. Why not add to that list by making time to improve your health. With summer in full swing, there is no better time than now to give yourself a healthy re-boost.
Here are a few tips to help you achieve a healthier you.
- Give your diet a berry boost: Improve your diet by having a cup of fresh mixed berries – blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries – every day! They’ll help you load up on antioxidants which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risk of age-related illnesses.
- Get Dirty – And Stress Less: To reduce your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box or add new ones (indoors or out). This wont only make your yard look fantastic, but it also allows you to experience a sort of mental grounding – helping to reduce physical and mental stress.
- Floss Daily: You know you need to. Now is the time to start! The joy about flossing is that you can do it anywhere and at any time – at home, at a traffic light, in the park, etc. Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health. If oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere.
- Get Outside to Exercise: Pick one outdoor activity: go on a hike, walk a nature trail, cycle, rollerblade or swim. Of course, you can always go to the gym, but who wants to be cooped up in a small gym when it’s summer!
- Alcohol – Go Light! Summer is a great time to skip drinks with hard liquor and choose a light, refreshing beverage (unless you are pregnant or have health concerns, of course!) A lighter drink may include sangria, cold beer, or a wine spritzer — all very refreshing, but lighter.
- Be Good to Your Eyes: To protect your vision at work and play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses may help prevent cataracts as well as wrinkles around the eyes.
- Vacation Time! Improve your heart health. Take advantage of summer’s (hopefully) slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits. They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and increased risk of heart disease.
- Sleep well: Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead, sleep well and attempt to keep the same bedtime and wake-up routine. This will ensure that you are getting the rest that you need and deserve.