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7 Ways to Stay Healthy this Summer

Summer brings barbeques, beach days, and basking in the warm weather. And along with all the fun, comes a slew of summer health and safety tips. While you are packing up for a summer full of adventures and memories, don’t forget to pack the following seven health reminders, too!

Sun Protection

Avoid sunburn and skin damage by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before heading outside; remember to reapply if you’re swimming or sweating! And don’t forget about lightweight protective clothing, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays – especially during peak hours.

Swim Safety

Swimming is an excellent source of physical activity as it can improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress. The warmer months present lots of opportunities to get in the water. Be mindful of swimming health and safety! Refrain from diving into the shallow end of a pool or near a sandbar and don’t swim when you are feeling fatigued. Put on your favorites tunes and go for a dip!


As temperatures rise, so should your water intake. It is crucial to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re spending time outdoors or engaging in physical activity as you might not realize how easy it is to become dehydrated. Snack smart by adding hydrating foods to your diet – make a homemade ice pop with watermelon and strawberries or add cucumbers and mint to your glass of water.

Quality Sleep

Don’t sleep (pun intended!) on the importance of shut eye during the warmer months. The sun might set later, but you should still strive to turn in at a time that will allow you to get adequate rest. With longer days and shorter nights, it can be tempting to skimp on sleep instead of aiming for the average eight hours of sleep per night.

Snack for the Season

Take advantage of the many fresh fruits and vegetables available during the summer season. Incorporate colorful, fresh produce like berries, tomatoes, and leafy greens into your meals to boost your intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Seasonal meals are a perfect time to experiment with new recipes like refreshing salads and grilled vegetables. Bonus: get your steps in and walk to your local grocer or farmers market!

Manage Stress

Summer is often synonymous with living carefree. But there can be a lot of extra burdens that go unnoticed. Extra plans or vacations, later evenings forcing you to skip out on sleep, and social events can all add unnecessary stress. Be mindful when you might feel overwhelmed and remember to allow yourself time to relax and unwind.

Take Note of Time

Be mindful of how much time you are spending outdoors or in direct heat during the summer months. Avoid direct sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day when your body will feel it most (and this goes for you AND your furry friends!) Going for a daily walk or tending to your garden? Strive to go out before 11 am or later afternoon.  

By following these seven easy tips you can feel confident you are taking proactive steps to stay healthy all summer long. You know your body best so stay diligent in your health endeavors during the warmer weather and make choices that support your overall well-being. Ready, set, enjoy the summer and sunshine!