- Skin Protection Protecting your skin from the summer sun is one of the most important changes you can make. Sunburns can lead to permanent skin damage such as hyperpigmentation and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. You should apply a sunscreen with a sufficient SPF (sun protection factor) to ensure that your skin stays healthy. It can prevent the development of skin cancer while preventing common signs of aging. A higher SPF should be used if your skin is fair. A reduced level of melanin in the skin can increase the risk of skin damage.
- Keep Your Body Hydrated Hydration is essential in the hot summer months. The body is primarily made up of water, and a large number of physiological processes rely on water. So staying hydrated is vital to your health no matter what season you’re in. Also, severe cases of sunburn can lead to dehydration, which results in secondary health issues that can easily be avoided. It’s recommended to drink 1-2 glasses of water for every hour that you spend outside in the summer sun. Water intake needs increase with the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. So be careful when drinking either of these beverages in the summer season, and keep a bottle of water nearby at all times.
- Healthy Eating in the Summer Summer is a time for barbecues, cookouts, and house parties. These typically involve alcohol and savory foods that may not be the healthiest options for you. But you don’t have to restrict your food intake. You can make some healthy choices that let you enjoy the summer fun without overloading your body with unnecessary calories or processed foods. Lean meats and fish can be eaten in place of fattier cuts of meat. Fresh fruits are a great summertime food and a healthier substitute for potato salads and other high-calorie options.
- Exercise Outdoors You may already be exercising on a regular basis at your local gym. But summer is the ideal time of year to get outside and exercise in the fresh air. Also, you can take on a new activity that breaks up the monotony of your current workout program. Hiking, cycling, and swimming keep your body conditioned and add variety to your routine. You’ll work your muscles in new ways, which helps you overcome any plateaus that you may have hit with your results and provides a much-needed boost to your motivation. Making small lifestyle changes can result in big changes to your health. Staying hydrated keeps your body running at an optimal level while choosing healthy food options gives you the energy you need to stay in shape. Protecting your skin prevents unwanted damage, and exercising outdoors helps achieve a new level of wellbeing.
Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 02-06-2017
Maintaining your health should be a year-round goal. But the summer season brings many factors that can negatively impact your health. Staying healthy with a few lifestyle changes can support your general health and help you get the most out of your summer activities. The following are 4 lifestyle changes that will keep you healthy this summer and protect you from some of the health risks you may encounter.