Motivation Monday: 10 Tips for a Healthy Summer

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10 Tips for a Healthy Summer ☀️ Which of these stand out to you??

1️⃣ Always apply suncream
/ Don’t sit in the sun in peak hours between 10am and 4pm in order to minimize UV radiation. If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply suncream every two to three hours.

2️⃣ Drink plenty of water
/ A lack of water is harmful to your body and can also make you crave food when you’re not actually hungry. It is incredibly important to keep yourself hydrated. Bored of water? Add some low calorific flavoring to water such as a piece of fruit, or opt for healthy alternatives like green tea or coconut water.

3️⃣ Beware of ‘healthy’ smoothies
/ Watch out for smoothies made with frozen yoghurts or ice cream as they can be extremely calorific. Use any fruit you might have or have kept in the freezer, and throw it all in a blender to make a perfect summer drink.

4️⃣ Exfoliate
/ Summer means an increase of dead skin cells so it is important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and silky. Simply use a loafer for a light scrub.

5️⃣ Keep up the exercise regime
/ Before you hide those running shoes in the wardrobe, remember summer exercise doesn’t have to stop because of the rising temperatures. Instead of working out outside, change your exercise plan and take it indoors.

6️⃣ Get wet
/ Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Boring runs in the cold wintery weather can be swapped for a summer swim at your local pool or gym. Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30 minute session of this full body workout will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks, marching and jogging in water.

7️⃣ Olive oil
/ Olive oil is a healthy fat which contains essential fatty acids that help skin resist UV damage. These fatty acids also help keep in moisture your body loses through heat and sweat during the summer. In order to protect your skin and keep it supple, consume about 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily or add it to a healthy salad or fish dish in order to get all those essential fatty acids.

8️⃣ Protect your glossy locks
/ Constant heat, sun damage and chlorine takes a toll on our hair and can leave it feeling limp and dull. If you’re planning on swimming a lot during the summer, it is advisable to use anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner to help neutralize the chlorine from your hair. If possible, minimize the use of hairdryers, straighteners and other heating products. Towel dry your hair, apply a handful of mouse and revel in beachy summer waves.

9️⃣ Eat healthy by the pool
/ When the sun is beating down, the idea of seeking out the nearest ice cream stand is seriously tempting. Stay strong by being prepared, and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks and juices. Fill your ice-box with ice, bottled water, sandwiches, vegetable sticks with hummus, yoghurts and endless amounts of fruit.

🔟 Take up a new hobby
/ Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and will actually help you burn some calories! Planting a herb garden is a fantastic way of getting your hands dirty, having quick access to some healthy flavours for your summer meals and, if you have kids, get them involved in playing outside. If gardening isn’t your thing, try your hand at some tennis or golf. Or Pilates is the perfect alternative for some alone time in the garden. Roll out a towel and have some fun trying out planks and some breathing techniques in the sun.
(Tips by Hello Magazine)

-by Fitness with Carrie

 


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