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5 Healthy Living Tips for the Summer Season

5 Healthy Living Tips for the Summer Season

Winter is finally in the rearview mirror, and everyone is looking forward to getting out and about during the summer season.

Dexter Cooke
Health
Mar 22, 2022

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Winter is finally in the rearview mirror, and everyone is looking forward to getting out and about during the summer season.

While the longer, lazier days of summer might not be as stress-free as they were when you were a child, even parents tend to adopt a schools-out attitude when the days get longer, and the temps start to rise.

Many people don't realize that the laidback days of summer are the perfect time to start living healthy and beef up your immune system.

Follow our tips below if you're looking to live healthy this summer and take full advantage of the health benefits summer brings.

Add a Berry Boost to Your Diet

You already know that eating right is essential to being healthy, and there are many, many ways to do it out there. From air fryer recipes so you can still enjoy the taste of fried food without the unhealthy consequences to staying hydrated, there's a lot to choose from.

If you're looking for an added way to live healthy this summer, add a berry boost to your diet. A good mix of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries will give you a healthy boost in antioxidants if eaten every day.

Not only are they good for you, but they're a cool, refreshing treat on a hot summer's day.

Exercise Outside

After being cooped up all winter, it's a great idea to get out and about and get some summer sunshine. Even if it's just taking a walk around the block in the mornings and after dinner, you'll be surprised how much happier and healthier you'll feel when the day is done.

Pick one activity to do daily, whether it's walking, hiking, or swimming, and alternate if you get bored. Of course, you can still go to your group exercise classes weekly; just make sure to get out and have fun in the sun at the same time.

Stay Up to Date on Vaccines

Just because it's summertime doesn't mean that Covid can't rear its ugly head. So if you haven't gotten the vaccine, do it now, or if you have and are due for a booster shot, don't skip it just because the sun is shining and you feel fine.

The booster doesn't last as long as you think, and you can still get sick with Covid or one of the variants, especially when you're traveling on vacation and around a bunch of other people.

Take an Overdue Vacation

Science has proven that stress is a killer, and stress tends to build quite a bit during the cooped-up winter season.

Now that restrictions have been lifted, this upcoming summer is the perfect time to take that long-overdue vacation you were planning before Covid-19 descended on the world.

Vacations have quite a few health benefits, including relaxation, less stress, and the ability to lower your blood pressure and heart rate as well.

Taking that long overdue vacation this summer will help you unwind, and it might just save your life.

Sleep Well

Along with the sunny days of summer, you get longer hours of daylight, which tempts most people to readjust their sleep schedule. But, unfortunately, that's not the best idea if you want to stay healthy.

Instead, keep your normal bedtime and normal wake-up time, and remember not to drink alcoholic drinks within three hours of your bedtime.

It's also best to avoid taking naps during the day if you want to be able to sleep well at night.

These are just a few tips to help you become or stay healthy during the summer season to come. But, remember, even being out in the sun and active isn't going to keep you healthy if you don't take care of yourself in the process.

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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