While being healthy is important no matter what season it is, chances are you’re more motivated and excited to improve your health during the summer months. The days are longer, the weather is good, and perhaps you have a summer vacation coming up, all great motivators to get outside and participate in activities you couldn't during the long winter months. No matter what your current health status is, summer is an excellent time to get started. Have you ever wondered how to improve your health during those fun months in the sun? Keep reading to find out.
Add a (Berry) Boost to Your Diet
If you only do one thing this summer to improve your diet, make it eating a cup of mixed berries, one or two times a day. Summer is the perfect time for eating blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. These fruits are tasty by themselves, but eating them together is an even more delicious treat. Not only do they taste good, but they are also rich in antioxidants and fiber, helping you to become more regular and helping prevent age-related illnesses as well.
As you focus on making healthy lifestyle changes it’s important to tailor your diet to your specific health needs. For example, if you have Type 2 diabetes, you likely want to look for a proven diabetic weight loss diet plan to help balance your blood sugar levels. Or perhaps you’re focusing on a Paleo or Keto diet - each have specific meal plans to follow. Regardless of your dietary restrictions, it’s important to find a plan that fits into your lifestyle for the best long terms results.
Join Your Local Fitness Center
Some people just don't like to get out in the summer heat to exercise. However, that shouldn't stop you from making an effort during this season of the year. Instead, make an effort to join one of the local fitness centers in your area. Since it's in the summer, you'll have more daylight to go to the gym every day, even after your workday is complete.
Indulge in a Little Healthy Late Night Snacking
This might seem counterproductive to staying healthy this summer, but if you do it the right way it isn't. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips and some cookies for a late night snack when you're watching old movies on Netflix or studying for exams in that summer class you signed up for, reach for some Greek yogurt and grapes instead, or another healthier option. The point is that late night snacks don't have to be bad for you, and may even be helping you reach your fitness goals as well.
Stress Less by Getting Dirty
Summer is the perfect time to get out in the garden and reduce your stress levels, by sinking your hands into the dirt. For many people just getting their hands into the soil is grounding and helps them to relax when life is getting them down. If you love gardening, you already know this, if not, then you should give it a try. Stressing less will improve your health in too many ways to count.
Go Light on the Alcohol
For many people, summer is a time of block parties, BBQ's and gathering around the pool with family and friends. Nine times out of 10, this involves having a few drinks. Whether it's a margarita or a beer, it's best to go light on the alcohol. It's also a great time to switch to lite instead of heavy forms of alcohol. Make sure that you're watching what you drink as well because a hangover in the summer is no fun at all. Going light also helps improve your health, so take not drinking a whole lot at your block parties and other events seriously.
While summer is a time to get out and have some fun, it's still important to work to improve your health. From going light on the alcohol at parties to joining your local fitness center, there are ways to have a good time and improve your health as well.