Depending on what type of person you are, summer can be a wonderful time full of fun or it can be a sweltering, hot, energy-sucking drag. It can be easy to not eat right or stay active during the summer when most of your efforts revolve around staying cool and comfortable.
But living healthy doesn’t have to be hard even when the weather is pushing in on triple digits. There are a number of effective ways to improve your overall quality of living during the hottest months of the year, leaving you a bit better suited to deal with the pesky sun.
More Berries in Your Diet
Having mixed fresh fruit, particularly berries, during the summer months can be highly beneficial. Eating blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries on a regular basis will load you up with antioxidants, which can help you prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risk of age-related illness. They also provide a lot of fiber, keeping your cholesterol low and can help to prevent some cancers.
Not only that, but berries are light, cool and refreshing, helping you to combat the heat in the healthiest way possible. A cool snack of berries won’t leave you feeling heavy like some others will and staying light during the heavy heat is a key.
Protect Your Vision
The sun can have hazardous effects on your eyes thanks to ultraviolet A and B rays. That is why it is important to wear sunglasses when outdoors. Sunglasses help to prevent cataracts and wrinkles around your eyes that can age your face.
This is especially true when playing sports. Protecting your eyes in the summer months – where they are most vulnerable – is a great way to prolong the health of your eyes and keep from squinting the summer months away.
Get Outside to Exercise
While exercising has benefits to your body all on its own, getting out into the sunshine at times has even more benefits. You get more vitamins and serotonin, which helps to regulate mood and produce more “feel good” chemicals into your brain.
There is also the added feeling of getting out and doing a fun activity in the sun with friends or family. Take a walk, go biking, roller blading, swimming or a number of other things and enjoy the sun with those closest to you while keeping your body healthy.