Whether you’re staying in your hometown or traveling to an exotic country, you should not spend your summer vacation on the couch and make something of your day. You should also try not to lose your health and fitness amidst all the food, sun and lazy days. Here is a list of 7 small changes you should implement in your daily routine to maintain your health throughout the summer!
1) Drink plenty of water: I know you’ve heard this a million times, but water is extremely important to combat dehydration and ‘flush’ all of the toxins out of your body. Temperatures reach ultimate highs during the summer, so you should stay hydrated as long as possible. If you are always on the go, keep a couple bottles of water in your bag/car and don’t stop drinking! (Tip: Add a couple of lemon slices to your water– it adds great flavor and is practically the magic behind clear skin!)
2) Control your portions: I’m not going to tell you not to eat at all, because let’s face it…Summer is all about the BBQ’s, food festivals, and endless lunch/dinner plans! So, instead, try to watch your portions–you don’t need that extra soda refill, that extra cheese on your burger, or that last pizza slice. Always set a limit for yourself before a meal. If that doesn’t work for you, space out your meals evenly and add some snacks throughout the day but keep the portions small!
3) Sunscreen,sunscreen, sunscreen: Even though you want to tan and get that gorgeous sun-kissed glow, prolonged sunlight exposure can do some serious damage, and put you at a higher risk of getting skin cancer. Make sure you regularly apply a generous amount of a high SPF sunscreen on your face. Ladies, use sunscreen as a primer before applying makeup on top; your makeup will actually have something to hold on to–win, win!
4) Say yes to fruits! Fruits are an essential summer food and they are extremely rich in water so they will definitely help you stay hydrated. Snacking on fruits instead of junk food will not make you feel as heavy and will give you an energy boost, so make sure you’re getting your daily fruit intake!
5) Stretch: Do your stretches! If you do not have the time (or will) to exercise or go to a gym, stretching every now and then is not going to replace that but it is definitely more than nothing. It will get rid of the stiffness in your body and give all your muscles the blood flow they need. Ideally, you should stretch in the morning to properly wake up and feel more energetic during the day.
6)Don’t sleep in: Try your best to sleep/wake up early or at a reasonable time. Sleep is very important even if you’re on holiday and have nothing to do. Get your doctor recommended 8 hours every night (And by that I don’t mean sleeping from 5 am to 1pm!!!) and you will definitely be more energetic throughout the day and have a lot of time to go out and enjoy your vacation.
7) Cleanse your skin: Healthy skin is a must throughout this season because much of what you’ll be doing involves sweat, the outdoors, and activity–so your skin can get pretty dirty even though you can’t physically see it. Pores clogged with sweat, makeup and bacteria can cause a problem so you should battle that by washing your face twice a day with a suitable face wash, and exfoliating once a week to get rid of all the dead cells lying around your face and maintain a healthy glow.
Most importantly, relax and have fun! Take the vacation by day, and enjoy yourself! You’ve been working hard and deserve some time off. Clear your mind and surround yourself with good company because a healthy mind and heart equal a healthy body!