In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, the living may not be easy, but your life probably feels less chaotic. The heat hampers a lot of your work and affects your eating habits as well. With temperature soaring only upwards you feel dehydrated and low on energy and your body constantly looks out for ways to cool it. In all this summer diet has an important role to play.
Here are some other useful lifestyle tips you can follow to beat the summer heat.
- Water is the best option to quench thirst.
It is a key ingredient in keeping the body cool. With high humidity levels, sweat will not evaporate quickly. This prevents the body from releasing heat in an efficient manner. This is why it is necessary to hydrate and drink water, even when you are not thirsty. Increase water intake regardless of your activity levels.
- Always apply sun cream.
It is important to use a sun cream lotion of at least SPF 30 in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. For sensitive skin, If you are planning to be out in the sun for a long period of time, reapply sun cream every two to three hours.
- Relax and breathe.
You’ve been working hard. This is the season to slow the pace a bit and absorb the light that stimulates your hormonal message center. Leave your cell phone at home or take a week off from TV.
- Give your house a summer cleaning.
You need an environment that reflects your healthy way of living and your summer fitness goals. To start, remove unhealthy foods from your home (so you’re not tempted). While you’re at it, stock your office with fruit, nuts, and other healthy snacks.
Summer means an increase of dead skin cells so it is important to exfoliate your skin to keep it smooth and silky. You don’t need to buy any expensive products to achieve that summer glow; simply use a loafer for a light scrub or make your own exfoliation lotion using a handful of oatmeal, milk and yogurt.
- Get wet.
Summer is the perfect time of year to get wet! Boring runs in the cold wintry weather can be swapped for a summer swim at your local pool or gym. Start by swimming for 10 minutes and increase the time over the following weeks by doing front crawl, breaststroke or backstroke to mix up your cardio workout. A 30 minute session of this full body workout will burn almost 400 calories! If swimming laps isn’t your thing, join a water aerobics class or create your own aerobic workout with jumping jacks, marching and jogging in water.
- Eat Regularly, But Eat Light.
Summer time tends to reduce one’s appetite because of the excessive heat. But it is important for you to eat regularly because your body requires the nutrients to fight the heat and keep you healthy.
- Drink lemon juice, coconut water and thin buttermilk, to replenish the fluids that are lost in sweat.