The summer months often bring out the happier, healthier side of people compared with the winter version that dreads heading outdoors and shorter days. But these healthy habits are something that should be maintained all year round. Think of fresh picked vegetables, boardwalk biking adventures, and hanging out outdoors. Try these simple tips to carry your healthy habits into the cooler months!
1.Under the hot summer sun, people are more conscious of how much water they are drinking. Hydration is important in maintaining good health and should be a priority year-round. Remember that a good rule of thumb is to drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
2. Summer cookouts are perfect for eating lean and green. Keep grilling your favorite low-fat meats and seasonal vegetables throughout Fall and even the Winter. Try investing in an indoor grill pan for your stove top for when it cools off outside.
3. It’s easier to get up and go outside for a walk when there are long hours of daylight. Make a promise to yourself to stay active as you head into the rest of the summer. Keep your exercise routine going strong! If you’re heading back to school, try breaking it up by doing some exercises for 15-30 minutes a day before and/or after work.
4. During the summer days, we often eat lighter foods with more fruits and vegetables. With cooler months, it’s natural to crave heavier foods. Eating seasonal produce ensures it is fresh and at its best- which means you’ll enjoy it more. Tomato, corn and zucchini season may come to an end, but fall super foods like pumpkins, apples, and Brussels will be popping up next month!
5. Buying your produce at a farmers’ market can save you money, helps support local business, and is environmentally friendly (requiring less packaging and transportation). Plan your family’s meals around your farmers’ market finds- that fresh-picked flavor of locally grown fruits and veggies will have your family craving seconds! Many markets are open well into October, too.
6. The summer provides the perfect climate for outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming. With a few extra layers, you can keep jogging or biking well into the fall. The cooler air and drop in humidity will be welcomed after those muggy summer days.
By Louise Mills-Strasser