The sun is shining, blue skies are on the horizon and we still have a few weeks left of our summer. There might be a summer holiday to look forward to or just enjoying yourself at home with the family, they’ll be plenty of things to keep us busy and keeping ourselves in optimum health is something we should all be striving for. That’s why we’ve put together some simple tips and suggestions for ways you can help yourself feel good for the rest of the season.
- Let’s get physical
Long, light evenings mean that fitting some exercise in should be a bit easier than usual. Exercise is a sure natural way to feel good. Not only does exercise help your body, the endorphins it releases are a natural way of reducing stress and pain. Exercise can be anything from regular walking, swimming, cycling to work or playing your favourite sport. Every little helps and the more you do, the better you’ll feel. Not to mention that you’ll feel great in your summer clothes!
- Go steady on sugar
Ice creams, ice lollies and refreshing sugary drinks. It might sound like the perfect summer’s afternoon but heavy doses of sugar will sap you of energy, increase a whole range of health risks and leave you feeling deflated once the initial ‘sugar high’ has worn off. Of course, the odd ice cream here and there is fine but make sure your diet is full of fresh vegetables – your body loves these, and they help promote self-healing.
- Head outside
Studies have shown that just five minutes a day in a green space will boost our mental wellbeing. Getting outside will increase your exposure to vitamin D which is vital to having a strong immune system. Taking a break or time away from the desk if you are working from home, just to enjoy the outdoors will leave you feeling full of life.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is important all year round but even more so in the summer months where we can lose more fluid in the heat. Keeping hydrated will be great for your skin, keeping your body free of toxins and leave you with more energy. Aim for at least 2 litres a day as a minimum.
- Find time to recover
Rest and recovery are just as important to feeling good as being active and healthy. The body needs time to recover. That’s why getting a good night’s sleep is so important; it helps the body heal. Try and stick to a routine to make sure you rest as hard as you play. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure a good night’s sleep such as reducing your screen time before you sleep.