Staying healthy during the summer can be a difficult task due to vacations, summer camps and busy schedules. Here are some tips for you to stay healthy this summer season.
Rest– because the days are longer, you may find yourself staying up later. The average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Studies have also shown that people who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity and food cravings.
Hydrate– because of the higher temperatures our bodies work harder to stay cool by perspiration (sweating). To prevent dehydration drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day.
Stay Cool– Try swimming or any other water sport of your liking. If you are exercising outdoors, remember to wear light clothing that allows you to stay dry and cool to prevent heat exhaustion.
Eat Summer Foods– Lots of great fruits and vegetables are currently in season. Add zucchini, tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon as side dishes to your meals. These foods are low-calories which may help you eat less while keeping you full. Speaking of summer vegetables, here is one of Dinner Tonight’s favorite recipes that uses a variety of vegetables.