Summer is a joyous time of parties, festivals, and plenty of time spent outdoors. And while we want you to soak up every moment in the sunshine, we also want you and your family to stay healthy all summer. So here are some tips to keep you feeling strong and healthy this summer.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
We can’t say this enough! The warmer weather calls for hydrating your body to keep it strong and healthy. Drink more than the standard eight glasses of water daily, especially if you are outside and active. Bring water with you everywhere you go and encourage your children to do the same. You can also get creative by incorporating snacks with high-water content, like cantaloupe, tomatoes, and watermelon, into your diet.
Use Sun Protection
The sun can wreak havoc on your body if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Wear a hat and sunglasses when outdoors for extended periods, and always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. For those days when you will be outdoors and exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods, consider bringing a shade shelter or umbrella for more protection from the sun’s rays.
Exercise is excellent for your physical and emotional health, so remember to include it in your summertime routine. But plan for the hurdles that summer weather can throw into your exercise routine. For example, break up your activities into a few shorter periods to help combat heat exhaustion. Or exercise early in the day to get your workout in before the sun is at its peak.
Get Plenty of Rest
It is easy to fall out of your routine during the summer. With the beautiful cool mornings and later sunset, you may find that you are getting less sleep than you usually would. Don’t let exhaustion stop you from enjoying summer fun by aiming to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Keep your room dark and cool to help you sleep comfortably.
Despite all the fun that comes with summertime, navigating the season can also be overwhelming. So take time to care for yourself, giving yourself the alone time you need. Often a peaceful early morning walk or time journaling under a shady tree can do just the trick to help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the next summer activity!
Follow these few steps to keep your body feeling its best this summer. Of course, staying in touch with your healthcare professional is always the best way to keep on top of your health. But you can’t plan for every bump and bruise that life throws your way – that’s why Immediate Care is here for you.
Our urgent care centers combine the convenience of a walk-in medical office with delivering compassionate, quality medical care. Located in Brick, East Windsor, Edison, Hazlet, Marlboro, Red Bank, and Toms River, Immediate Care is open seven days a week, including most holidays.