Get Ready to Sizzle: How to Prepare Your Body and Mind for a Hot Summer
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It’s the time of the year when those of us in North America shed our bulky sweaters and thick socks for lighter clothes and fun activities that don’t make us cold and wet.
Summer is around the corner, and with it comes the opportunity to enjoy warm weather, beautiful beaches, and endless outdoor activities. But for some of us, the transition between seasons can be a little bit jarring. You might need a jacket in the morning and sunscreen in the afternoon. And where did you put your sunglasses?
Before you dive into summer fun, it’s important to prepare your body and mind to make the most of the season. Here are some tips to help you get ready for the sunny days ahead:
- Get Moving: Start incorporating exercise into your routine to improve your energy levels and boost your mood. Get outside and go for a walk or a run. Take a yoga class in the park, or join your local outdoor pool. Or go figure out what the pickleball craze is all about
- Stay Hydrated: It’s important to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated during hot summer days — more than you might drink during the winter. Don’t like plain water? Add some flavor by infusing water with fruit slices or herbs like mint or basil. While beer and summer cocktails can be fun too, be sure to consume these in moderation to keep yourself feeling great.
- Protect Your Skin: Don’t get caught with an early season sunburn! Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading outside to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Be sure to check the expiration date on the bottle you used last year — it might be time to get a new one.
- Get Your Beauty Rest: When it’s light later, it’s tempting to stay up late and enjoy the longer days. But sleep is still important to help your body recover and recharge. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If the…