It’s going to be a hot one this year! Summer is underway and that means barbeques, beach days, and heat waves! Everyone loves to enjoy outdoor activities when the weather is nice, and while outdoor activities are a lot of fun, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself as well. It’s easy to break out of your diet and exercise routine when you’re on vacation or simply spending more time out of the house. So what can you to do make sure you’re giving your body what it needs to stay in great health this summer? We’ve got some tips to help you out!
Tip #1: Keep hydrated!
In the summer, water should be your go to beverage. Keeping hydrated is key, and it’s so important for your body. So for every hour you’re in the sun, make sure you are drinking at least 1-2 glasses of water to keep your body properly hydrated.
Dehydration could be very dangerous for your body, but you may not always be able to tell when you are dehydrated. Some signs of dehydration include headaches, dizziness, dark yellow urine, dry skin, increased heart rate and possible fainting. Scary, isn’t it? That’s why making sure to drink lots of water is so important!
Tip #2: Stay fueled!
We know it can sometimes be difficult to make sure you’re eating your three meals each day. Some days you may not have time for breakfast, and others you may skip out on lunch. In intense heat, getting your body the proper nutrition is extremely important, so why not prepare yourself? Pack your meals ahead of time and take them with you if you leave for the day. Ordering from Elite Lifestyle Cuisine makes it easy to grab n’ go if you’re in a rush -- no cooking necessary!
Tip #3: Protect your skin!
Sunburn is painful and uncomfortable, and happens to almost all of us! Sunscreen helps you prevent skin cancer and it helps slow down your skin’s aging process. Severe sun burns could lead to extreme dehydration if you do not properly use the sunscreen. So, if the sun is shining, make sure to get some lotion on your skin. Better to be safe than sorry!
Tip #4: Make healthy choices!
What’s better than a big barbeque during the summer? You don’t have to refrain from having barbeque foods, but you also don’t have to stuff yourself with hot dogs and hamburgers. There are lots of healthy options that can be used as substitutes at a barbeque. We’ve even implemented some of our favorites into our summer menu
! Grill some chicken (or maybe some fresh fish), and get those vegetables cookin’ for a healthier bbq alternative. Healthier food will also give you that full feeling for a longer time!
Tip #5: Avoid too much alcohol
On a hot summer day spent with your friends, who wouldn’t enjoy a nice cold beer or mixed drink? Yes, they may taste delicious, but you must also beware of their effects. If you plan on being outside for more than a few hours, you may want to consider drinking water between your beer or mixed drinks. Drinking alcohol in the sun and heat dehydrates your body more, which as we know is dangerous for the body. Sweating and urinating more than usual will dehydrate you faster than you think. Although you are drinking fluids, the alcohol will not help hydrate your body. Just to stay on the safe side, have a few glasses of water between your alcoholic beverages.