Summer is right around the corner, and tis the season for healthy living! As the weather gets a little warmer with each day, we’re taking steps to get a little healthier. Here are 5 easy tips to live your healthiest summer yet.
1. Drink More Water
Have you heard of the 8×8 rule? To keep things simple, the rule of hydration is to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day.
Our tip for getting in that H2O? Invest in a reusable water bottle (in your favorite color!) for convenient, on-the-go hydration!
The health benefits of drinking more water? Endless! Though water has many health benefits, some include increased energy, improved brain function, and better weight control.
2. Catch Some Zzzz’s
Who doesn’t love sleep!? Though we live busy lives, it’s important to make time for sleep each night. How much? A recommended 7-9 hours should do the trick!
The health benefits of sleep? It’s important to your physical and mental health–it even plays a role in healing and repairing your blood vessels and heart! Sleep has been found to play a role in healthy skin, mood, weight control, and clearer thinking.
3. Get Moving
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of a crowded gym, there’s always an enjoyable way to get more active! This one may sound like a no-brainer, but more exercise leads to better health!
But how can you incorporate exercise into your daily routine without hitting the gym? Start by parking further away than you normally would for a longer walk to your car, try taking the stairs, or get off at a different train or bus stop to stroll the rest of the way home.
4. Eat More Whole Foods
Whole foods = better health. So start swapping! Instead of reaching for a blueberry-flavored cereal bar, why not opt for blueberries and whole grains? Check out this recipe for a wholesome treat that will fill you up with goodness and keep you going all day long!
5. Get outside!
Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to get outside! Not only do you get that feel-good feeling when you spend time outdoors, but research shows that spending more time outside can boost your creativity and focus, improve your mood and self-esteem, and increase your Vitamin D levels–which promotes bone growth and helps you absorb calcium.
So get outside and enjoy (just remember to smear on that sunscreen!)