How to Focus on Your Health This Summer

June 26, 2019 0 Comments

How to Focus on Your Health This Summer

 

Summer has finally arrived!

Even though, as adults, we don’t all get summer vacations the way we did when we were kids, summer is still an exciting time. If you’re anything like us, the increase in daylight hours alone boosts your productivity and mood. Suddenly, cleaning the house doesn’t seem like such a humongous task. The fog of seasonal depression is finally lifting, replaced with optimism and positivity. This makes it a great time to revisit your wellness goals and buckle down on improving your health. We’re here to help! This quick guide will go over everything you need to know to make the most out of your summer wellness.

Make the Most Out of a Beach Day

One of the best things to do over the summer is to hit the beach. The beach is also a great place to work on your general wellness—if you do it correctly. Here are our top tips for making the most out of a day at the beach.

Pack your own food

A beach day can be great for your health, especially if you’re staying active. However, you can actually hurt your health if you rely on concession stands or local eateries for your midday meal. Instead, pack yourself a healthy picnic so that you can satiate your hunger without sacrificing your diet.

Just going for a few hours? Make sure you still throw a sweet but healthy snack in your beach bag so you’re not tempted to buy an ice cream cone when you get snacky.  

Plan active activities

It goes without saying that one of the best beach activities you can do to keep yourself fit is go swimming. Swimming is a whole-body, low-impact workout, which makes it perfect no matter what phase of fitness you’re in. But what about when you get tired of swimming?

If you’re like a lot of adults, you make a choice between sunbathing, reading a book, taking a nap, and going home. Unfortunately, none of these activities will increase your fitness levels. Instead, take a page out of your kids’ books and come up with other activities to enjoy at the beach. This will not only keep you active throughout the whole beach day, but will also make your beach day more fun and memorable, which will encourage you to come back out another day.

Have a Summer Bucket List

Of course, the beach isn’t the only fun place to stay active this summer. There are tons of summer activities you can enjoy, from water parks to hiking to camping. Start your summer off by creating a bucket list of fun activities. That way, when the weekend comes, you don’t spend your day sitting on the couch debating what to do with your spouse: You have a list of exciting, engaging activities that you’re both pumped to enjoy.

Looking for some activities to add to your summer bucket list? Check out this list of 200 things to do over the summer!

Plan Ahead for Rainy Days

Rainy days can put a huge dent in your plans, especially if you don’t have a list of things to do for rainy days ready to go. It’s so easy to feel put-out when it’s raining, especially if it’s your only day off in a while. But you can make your rainy days engaging and active by planning for them ahead of time.

Your summer is always going to have at least a few rainy days. One of the best ways to capitalize on your rainy days is to have a list prepared of activities to do when it’s raining. Another strategy is to make your rainy days your productive days.  This strategy ensures that when the sun does come out again, you’re not bogged down by chores and can spend your time enjoying the sun.

The Magic of Play

One of the best things about summer is that you’re not stuck in a gym any time you want to enjoy some physical activity. You can get outside and enjoy everything summer has to offer. The magic of summer is the magic of play. You don’t have to run sprints at the local high school to stay active. Channel your inner kid and have an impromptu water balloon fight in the back yard. You’ll find that by embracing play and spontaneity, you’ll get tons of activity in without really trying.