Recommended Health Habits for Summer
Summer is a time of mirth, of unbridling your impulses and gliding with the wind. Summer brings out your inner youth and, in doing so, makes your healthy habits regress to youthful times, as you turn to more entertaining matters, like music festivals, craft beer, and a seasonal tan. To get the most out of this brief but most welcome respite from the damper seasons, you’ll need to stay on your toes when it comes to staying healthy.
Washing Your Personals
With all the verve of the warm season it can be difficult to take the time to do the little things that you should be mindful of. Washing your clothes, bedding, bath sheets and towels will help bring down your chances of catching a summer infection. With the proliferation of bacteria over the summer season these little critters gather in large deposits with whatever your body comes into contact with. Washing has never been more important now that you’re living a particularly sticky life. Moisture found in clothing is a luxury summer destination for bacteria looking to get their freak on. If you wear it, wash it.
Your mother’s been telling you ever since your childhood outings to the beach to apply sunscreen. But maybe if you don’t believe her you’ll heed the various warnings of the NHS. Some believe those with high melanin – the internal pigment that enables you to tan – are less prone to skin cancer. While melanin is released as a way to protect against UV rays, its protection equates to between 2-4 sun protection factor (SPF). The minimum recommended SPF level is 15, followed by a reapply every two hours. Apart from skin cancer, tanning can lead to: premature ageing, sunburn, eye damage and immune system suppression.
I’ll just go ahead and trust that you typically cook your own meals, don’t use too much salt, and threw out that highly misinforming food pyramid on your fridge when you were seven. You know what eating healthy is, so you realise the time and conscious decision-making that it requires. When you’re leading a kinetic lifestyle, your healthy eating habits tend to get thrown to the wayside. For sustenance you probably relay on grab-and-go foods and when you’re eating out it’s likely to be a barbecue or a meat-centric meal. If this shallow eater sounds like you, be more conscious of how you’re fuelling yourself. If you’re constantly on the go, grab something healthy like a homemade smoothie or whole fruit. If you’re not in the mood to cook every day, plan out a couple of meals to make during your free time and cook enough to feed yourself throughout the week. It’s time you embraced the power of Tupperware.
Making minor adjustments to your habits will keep you active long enough to stay healthy for every ray of sunlight before summer orbits away.