Practice healthy summer habits

posted by Haley Rios on July 30, 2018 HAWM2018

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to improve your health!

It’s important to be mindful of our health with all of the family barbeques, outdoor activities and summer vacations. Here are a few tips to help boost your health and aid in weight loss.

Drink water!

Staying hydrated should go without saying, but when you’re keeping busy and enjoying time in the sun it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water. If you’re feeling exhausted and hungry, you may be dehydrated. Make sure to keep your water bottle full and close by to prevent overheating and exhaustion. If you want to add a little fun and flavor to your water add mint, basil, pineapple or cucumbers for a refreshing flavor.

 

Get up!

Trying to stay cool by staying inside all day? Time flies when you’re couch-surfing and binge watching your favorite Netflix show all day because it’s just too hot to bear outside, but make sure to stand up every 30 minutes. Sitting all day can lead to adverse health consequences so try taking a walk around the house, or up and down the stairs a few times before you start the next episode.

This also applies to sitting at your desk all day for work. Get up and get moving every so often to avoid a multitude of health problems. Need some easy exercise ideas that you can do basically anywhere? Check out our Deskercise series here.

Moderation. Watch your portion sizes!

Whether it be counting calories, weighing out food, or meal prepping, watching your portions can be tedious even though it’s very important, especially when it comes to not overeating and maintaining a healthy weight. Try drinking a large glass of water before you eat. This can keep you full and lower the chances of over eating.

Load up your plate with veggies with a side of lean protein instead of the other way around. Grains and starches should take up the smallest amount of space on your plate. Also, when it comes to snacking, measure out your portion or pour some into a bowl. Eating directly from the bag of chips is a sure way to overeat. You’ll have no visual cue as to how much you’ve eaten, and before you know it the bag is empty!

Stay in and cook!

Cooking your own meals can definitely be healthier than eating out. Since you’re in charge of preparing your own food you can easily swap out ingredients to make a meal healthier.

“When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all – even if they are not trying to lose weight,” says Julia A. Wolfson, MPP, a CLF-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and lead author of the study.

The findings also suggest that those who frequently cooked at home – six-to-seven nights a week – also consumed fewer calories on the occasions when they ate out.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind this summer that can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Start with these good habits and build upon them. Keep hydrated, eat healthy, and stay active. Enjoy your summer!

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