As the warmer months are now approaching, many people begin to think about holidays, seaside getaways, spending time in the garden and getting out and about, enjoying the sunny weather. Of course, while many of us may be more active at this time of year, there are certain other pitfalls that the season can bring. An influx of picnics, barbecues and traditional seaside favourites may seem appealing, but this lack of healthy food can potentially be problematic.
However, this isn’t a reason not to enjoy the summer and make the most of the season – instead, you should just look to try and maintain your healthy habits and keep fit and well throughout the warmer months.
Here are some top tips to help you continue to look and feel your best this summer!
Although the great British weather can often mistake sun for rain, the chances are that there will be at least a few nice days over the coming months. Similarly, if you are heading abroad in search of a warmer climate, it’s important to make sure that you are fully prepared.
No matter how long you are intending to be out or how adamant you may be that you don’t burn, make sure to slap on the sunscreen and protect your skin from the sun’s rays. After all, the momentary stickiness is a small price to pay for protection from potentially painful, damaging sunburn. Don’t forget to regularly reapply if you are at the beach or outdoors for extended periods of time! In addition, loose clothes, a sun hat and sunglasses are must-have essentials for those hot summer days.
While comfort food is all the rage in winter, come summer, we see an influx of salads, cold drinks and a craving for fresh produce and lighter meal choices. However, this can often go together with desires for less healthy food such as ice-cream, fizzy drinks, sweet and sugary treats and fried food. Although you shouldn’t need to completely cut these from your summer diet, it’s still important to maintain a good balance and make healthy choices where you can.
If you are feeling thirsty this summer, you should always opt for a glass of water over sugary fruit juices or fizzy drinks. Not only will it refresh you, but you will also stay hydrated for longer – a must in the sun! Try to take a refillable water bottle with you whenever you are out and about so you always have a cooling drink on hand.
Whether it is making time for hobbies, participating in personal development or simply embracing your faith, well-being can come in many different forms yet is incredibly important to your overall health and happiness. No matter how busy your summer schedule is looking, you should always leave time for yourself and allow yourself to indulge in the things that you want to do, rather than what you feel obligated to do.
For instance, Ramadan this year is at the start of summer, continuing from mid-May to mid-June. During this time, many Muslims across the world will be fasting during daylight hours and spending more time praying and remembering the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. When you are completing a fast, it is imperative to ensure that your body is well looked after and able to cope with the fast – click here to learn more about Ramadan and the details of the fast.
From holidays and days out to picnics, parties and more, no matter what you have planned this summer, make it an extra special one without compromising on your health and wellbeing.