Summer is here! Alright, almost – summer doesn’t technically start until June 21. But with rising temperatures and more time spent outdoors, it’s high time to prepare for the sun- and fun-filled season ahead. We know that with all the excitement (Beach days! BBQs! Road trips!), it can be a challenge to stay healthy. But, by following these health and wellness guidelines, you’ll be fully prepared to maximize your summer.
Eat Your Sunscreen
What goes into your body is as important as what goes on it for sun protection. Sun-fighting superfoods include deeply hued fruits and veggies in the red-orange spectrum, like tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and peppers, which are full of free-radical fighting antioxidants, carotenoids, and lycopene. Decaf green tea also contains EGCG, a natural chemical that fights free radicals, decreases inflammation from the inside out, and may ultimately prevent the development of skin cancer.
Nip Allergies in the Bud
Cardio at peak allergy time? No thanks. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, your best times to exercise outdoors are after the rain or early morning/later at night, when pollen counts are lower. Or, you can always join us at ILKB for an indoor (read: air-conditioned and pollen-free!) group workout that will keep your heart pumping and endorphins high – without having to reach for the tissues.
Venture Somewhere Alone
Family and friends are wonderful but it can be beneficial to try new things on your own, whether small or large. Take a hike alone, clear your mind, and allow yourself time to acknowledge how much you can do on your own. If you’re with your family, take a walk and just breathe. This will allow you to return to everything with a calmer, fresher approach. And, who knows, maybe it will be the start of discovering something new you’re capable of!
Fact: Summer is BBQ and grilling season. Another fact: There are plenty of delicious, healthy options for this. Try to include more raw foods in your diet, as it can be harder for your body to digest heavy meals when it’s hot out. Also, summer is peak season for fresh, tasty produce that can often be eaten on the go, without much cooking. Load up!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Not only will dehydration lead to headaches, dizziness and fainting, but it also won’t let your nutrients get absorbed properly if your body doesn’t have enough water. Make sure to pack water and drink it throughout the day. For an extra-refreshing treat, you can infuse your water with cooling fruits and herbs like cucumber, mint and watermelon.
Remember to Relax!
Between working hard for your swimsuit body and juggling weekend trips, we can get exhausted and tired with a busy, and sometimes high-pressure, summer season. Give your body enough rest, get some pampering sessions in, and just take care of your mental health without putting too much pressure on yourself and on looks.
Pack Healthy Travel Snacks
If you’re lucky enough to go on a summer trip, be sure to think ahead by packing healthy snacks for the plane or the road. Rather than settling for the high-fat and –sodium airplane meal or gas station snacks along the way, pack plenty of fruits, vegetables, pre-cooked meats, chia seed squeezes, and even coconut flour muffins. Once you reach your destination, be adventurous and check out local markets for fresh produce and local meats. It will be much more exciting than a pastry at your hotel’s continental breakfast, we promise.