Summer can be a hard time of the year if you are looking to stay fit and healthy without changing your everyday habits. So despite the sunshine and the overall feel of vitality in the air, it pays to be careful both when spending time outdoors, and eating your favourite summertime meals. The good thing is you don’t need to spend much time adapting to a few healthy – and impactful – choices. So let’s take a look together at how to stay healthy and fit during your summer holidays.
Hydration is key
You don’t need to book an appointment with a doctor with all the latest certificates to understand the importance of hydration. All major health organizations recognize the importance of hydration during the hot months, and with just a few simple steps you can really get enjoy a healthier summer.
First, remember that intake of water should be regular throughout the day.
So don’t wait for the thirst to arrive before you fill your glass – if you reach that stage your point is already lacking water and this can have a bad impact on your cells over time. To avoid losing important liquids, also avoid exposure to direct sunlight during the warm hours, and make sure you don’t drink too much alcohol, which consumes your body’s reserves of water.
Finally, if you find it hard to stay hydrated, don’t forget that some fruit and veg – such as cucumber, celery and watermelon – are mostly made of water and will help you reach the ideal daily intake.
Keep your skin safe
If your complexion is naturally pale, you should pay twice as much attention to how – and when – you are exposed to the sunlight. Remember that in warmer countries and by the sea the sun rays can be very damaging for your skin, so always use the right sun protection and avoid sunbathing between 11AM and 4PM to stay away from sunburns and even worse consequences. And if you really can’t stay away from the beach when the day gets hotter, a parasol will make all the difference.
Mind your diet
Fatty food which are hard to digest are even worse during summer months, when the daily calorie intake should be reduced. So make the most of the season and focus on a vitamin-based diet, inspired by Mediterranean recipes. Fried and greasy delicacies should be set aside in favour of fish (rich in Omega 3), tomatoes (great for your skin) as well as a base of readily available calories coming from carbs, such as pasta and rice. It is also ideal to stay light for lunch to avoid overcharging your body before going for a swim or walks under the sun.