Summer is right around the corner, starting June 21st. This means that school will be out, vacations will be taken, and more time will be spent outdoors and on the go.
So what can you do to make sure that your family stays healthy?
Follow these Health Tips to live and enjoy a healthy lifestyle this summer.
- Get plenty of rest despite a potential lack of routine. We tend to let the schedule get more relaxed, which is ok during the summer as long as you and your family are getting the appropriate amount of rest.
- Exercise in the morning or evening, when it's likely to be cooler outdoors. If possible, exercise in shady areas and dress appropriately. Don’t forget sunscreen, even on cloudy days. You may want to take a cool shower before working out to help your body stay cooler for a longer time.
- Drink plenty of water. If dehydration occurs, you or your child could become dizzy, confused, irritable, and use the restroom less often. Keep cool water handy, and try to plan ahead by focusing on hydration the day before your event or trip. Hydration packs are a great option for keeping everyone hydrated on the go.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to help sweat evaporate and keep you cooler. Try a cooling neck wrap made of soft and breathable fabric that’s great while you are out and about in the sun.
- Plan an active vacation. If you are heading on a beach vacation, plan for walks on the beach, lots of swimming, and any other activity that will burn some calories and strengthen your muscles. If you are vacationing in a new spot, visit the local Visitor Center to find out what activities are available that your family will enjoy.
- Stay protected from the sun with sunscreen, wide-brim hats, and long-sleeved shirts. Be sure to take breaks in the shade. Don’t forget to check your clothing, body, and pets for ticks. You should also seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.
- Keep healthy snacks handy. Freeze some fruit ahead of time to keep it cold for a longer time: pack trail mix, mixed nuts, or protein bars to keep those hunger pangs at bay. Don’t fill up on sugary snacks or drinks that will make you crash.
If you are going on a long road trip, don’t get tempted by all the fast-food restaurants you may see. Make a healthy plan ahead of time and stick to it. Preparation is key to living a healthy and long life.
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” – Winston Churchill.
Remember, when you are on the go as a member of Impact Health Sharing, you still have access to online doctors 24/7 who can call in a prescription. Bee sting? Sudden rash? No problem. Schedule an online visit any place, anywhere.
If you want more information on becoming a member, you can learn more about Impact Health Sharing membership by visiting our website.