Most of us look forward to summertime. Warmer weather and sunshine bring more opportunities to have fun, go on vacations or enjoy socializing with family and friends. However, while summer might not be the season that you associate with illnesses such as colds and flu, there are other things that can affect your health.
1. Take Care of Allergies – Nothing spoils a sunny day more than if you are spending time sneezing and dealing with irritated eyes. Pollen spores from plants, tree, and grasses can cause discomfort for some people who have allergies and can be so severe that you might not even want to venture outdoors. If you are not sure what you are allergic to, you could get yourself tested. Once you understand more about what you are allergic to, you can find the right sort of medicine to relieve symptoms.
2. Sun Protection – The sun can be very strong during the summer months, so it is crucial to protect your skin from damage. While getting a tan is often something we think makes us look good, exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause sunburn, premature aging and makes us more prone to skin cancers. Always wear a high factor sunscreen to protect your skin and cover up if you have naturally fair skin.
3. Hydration – The heat can take its toll on your health, and if you don’t stay hydrated, you might end up feeling dizzy, sick or develop headaches. Drinking eight big glasses of water, or equivalent, is recommended per day, and in hot weather, you should drink even more.
4. Exercise – It can be difficult to find the motivation to exercise when it is hot outside; however, in order to keep your body in good condition, you should aim to exercise every day. While it is not a good idea to go for a run in the searing heat, you could try other exercises such as swimming, or going for a walk in shady woodland. Joining a gym is another good option, as the cool temperature inside will allow you to safely work up a sweat.
5. Eat Well – Summer is a time where your body will thank you for eating light meals. Make the most of moisture-rich foods to aid hydration, such as cucumber, watermelon, and other juicy fruits and vegetables. Have healthy barbecues with lean meats such as chicken, turkey, and fish. By eating well, not only will you feel healthier, but you will stay slimmer and have healthy looking skin and hair.
Summer is a time to get out there and enjoy what the season has to offer. Looking after your health means that you will look and feel great, and be able to do all the things you want to do. A little self-care goes a long way, so start now and make it part of your everyday lifestyle.