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Sun-savvy secrets for a healthy summer vacation
Sun-savvy secrets for a healthy summer vacation

Sun-savvy secrets for a healthy summer vacation

Tuesday, June 25, 2024


Summer vacations are a time to unwind and soak up the sun, but it is important to stay healthy while you’re having fun. Here are some tips to help you enjoy a safe and healthy summer getaway.   

  1. Hydration is key: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you. Also, snack on water-rich fruits like watermelon, strawberries and oranges to boost hydration and satisfy your sweet tooth.   

  2. Protect your skin: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sunscreen is intended to be combined with other safety approaches, such as wearing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight clothing, and avoid scheduling activities when the UV is high.  

  3. Stay active, stay cool: Exercise during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening. During the day, seek an indoor option, like yoga or swimming.  

  4. Healthy eating habits: Enjoy local cuisine, but aim for balanced meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Indulge in treats in moderation to avoid feeling sluggish in the heat.   

  5. Rest and relaxation: Get enough rest to recharge your body and mind. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. According to the American Psychological Association, researchers have studied more than 200 studies about mindfulness, and they have found that mindfulness therapy is especially effective for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation can reduce stress from traveling and promote relaxation on vacation.   

Your health is your wealth, so make smart choices to ensure a vacation that is both relaxing and memorable. Whether you’re lounging at the beach or exploring new sites, remember these tips for a summer escape that is as healthy as it is happy. 


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