5 Habits To Make The Summer Of 2021 Your Healthiest
New Year’s is a popular time for making healthy resolutions. These goals are made with the most dedicated of intentions, but once they are made, they’re often forgotten after a few short weeks. As the world wakes up from its long winter slumber and the sun brightens your outlook, the summer is a fantastic time to rededicate yourself to the health goals you made all those months ago. These 5 healthy tips will get you on track to your best body and mind in 2021.
Cook at Home
In the winter, when days are short and moods are more somber, it’s easy to hit a drive through or call for delivery for your meals. Who doesn’t love tacos that show up on your doorstep? This is an easy route to fall into, but with a little planning, cooking at home can be almost as easy. When you eat at home, you control what is on the menu, the ingredients in each dish and the portion sizes. Spend some time in an old, dusty cookbook to learn your mother’s meatloaf recipe or surf online for new recipes to spice things up. You can still have your tacos and you will discover some new favorites along the way.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water is one of the best habits you can pick up this summer. When you’re out in the beautiful sunshine and enjoying fantastic weather, your body needs water more than ever. 60% of your body is made up of H2O, and it needs to be replenished on a regular basis. Buy yourself a water bottle that gets you excited about chugging at least 64 ounces a day, and you will be on the road to better health this summer.
Move Your Body
Everyone knows that bodies need exercise to stay at peak performance. This obvious fact often gets overlooked when the snow is falling, or the mercury is below zero. Now is the time to pick up that old habit or start for the first time. This summer is begging you to use your body. Join a local gym or yoga studio or go the frugal route and take advantage of all the free workouts available on YouTube. Another option is the free gym that mother nature offers. A hike on a local trail, a bike ride through an old historic district or long boarding in your neighborhood all fit the bill. Not only will your body gain the health benefits, but there’s the added bonus of looking great in your swimsuit.
Humans need Vitamin D, and sunlight is the best natural source of it. This important vitamin carries with it many health benefits. Vitamin D can aid in weight loss by suppressing your appetite for unhealthy foods. Another benefit is that it can help ward off diseases like the common flu, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease. It is also a fundamental building block for healthy bones. Last, but not least, Vitamin D helps to fight depression. This mood boost is reason enough to take a walk, read a book out on your grass or visit with your friends on the patio instead of inside.
Take a Break from Electronics
Electronics are everywhere and their presence in your life is unavoidable. Your phone sits on your desk or in your back pocket every minute of the day and on your nightstand when you sleep. Add to that televisions, PCs, tablets and a myriad of other screens, and you can run, but you can’t hide from the influence of tech in your life. Unfortunately, too much exposure to electronics is detrimental to your health in many ways, including bad posture, eye strain and poor sleep habits. Do your body and mind a favor and set reasonable limits on your electronics use, especially right before bedtime. Two hours a day is a good place to start.
This summer is the best time to take a proactive role in your health with a few new habits, because you’re worth it!
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