Get Back to Basics for Summer Health

Is it hot, or is it just me?

This southern summer is “en fuego” with its heat and humidity! Though it hasn’t kept me down – or inside! – it has inspired me to relook at my healthy habits and get back to basics.

Summer is all about bared arms and bathing suits, shorts, patio soirees and outdoor festivals! Farmers Markets and Community Gardens are in full-swing (some of my favorite activities and volunteering spots!), and pool time is the past time of every weekend.

Along with sweatier workouts (including my new fave, heated yoga), sun exposure and sizzling social calendars (pun intended), a few best practices became top-of-mind!

1. Hydrate!

Sweat sessions, pool time, cocktails, iced coffee drinks, even just being slightly more active in hotter weather means you need more water! Want some easy peasy tips to stay hydrated?

  • Alternate a glass of water for each coffee or cocktail you consume.
  • Fuel up with plenty H2O and non-sugary, non-caffeinated fluids before workouts and before spending extended time outside.
  • Keep a stylish bottle in tow on your way to work, the gym or a night out and sip regularly! I’m currently loving this copper bottle from CopperH2O, which fits nicely in my car cup holder and adds a little oomph to my desk. There are also other health benefits to the copper part, but that’s another post 🙂
  • Use an app to help you keep track of your intake! There are plenty devoted to only keeping tabs on your water, and other fitness and meal tracking apps include functionality around water, too!

2. Sunscreen + Sun Protection are MUST’s!

Prevent that painful burn from AND premature aging! Sun protection is the number one preventative measure against wrinkles and sun spots on your gorgeous face and bod. Wondering my favorite tips and tools? Wait no longer!

  • Big Hats and Big Shades: Whether at the pool or on a run, sport some sunnies and a hat. Not only do they offer anti-aging benefits, but they also prevent cataracts.
  • Sunscreen: avoid any with the ingredients Vitamin A and oxybenzone, which is a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system (ewg.org). Substitute creams and sprays with those containing zinc oxide and 3% avobenzone

3. Watch your sun exposure, even if you’re smothered and covered in SPF!

Even with sun protection and hydration, you can still become overheated or overexposed. Listen to your body! Go inside, get in the shade or take a dip (or cool shower) if needed. Timing your activities around the hottest parts of the day to take advantage of cooler temps earlier and later in the day (especially for outdoor workouts!) is a free and easy way to take care of your skin, too!

Whether forgetting sunscreen is your downfall, or not getting that H2O, stay healthy this summer (and every season) with these easy tips.

Sharing is caring – even salads, sweet potato fries or summer health tips! Share your summer tips for skincare and staying cool below or tell a friend!

Xo!

 

 

 

 

Many of the scientific facts cited in this post come from the Environmental Working Group, an organization that tracks the inclusion of harmful chemicals in our food, cleaning and skincare products! Want more information on these skincare tips (and a wealth of science-based tips, tricks and techniques)? Visit their site and surf around!

Thanks to CopperH2O for sending the water bottle for me to try!

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