Summer is for long beach days and tropical, fruity drinks. It’s also a wonderful time to focus on staying healthy! Warm weather allows for more outside fitness ideas. There are plenty of delicious produce options in season. And did we mention that Wimbledon is just around the corner? Summer, we love you. Here are tips for staying healthy this summer:

Eat more berries.
If you’ve been keeping up with our Eating Seasonably posts, you’ve already seen all the tasty produce that’s in season, including berries. Berries are sort of a summer staple. Plus, they are packed with antioxidants, which can help protect your body from tissue damage and some age-related illnesses. They’re also super high in fiber, which is good for digestive help and cholesterol.

Exercise outside.
Let’s take advantage of beautiful weather and take our workouts outside! Tennis, hiking, cycling, kayaking, swimming, and outdoor sports are a nice change of pace from your normal workout routine. You’ll also get a nice dose of Vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D can help fight disease and even reduce depression. Just don’t forget to protect your skin with sunscreen.

Don’t forget the sunglasses.
The sun always seems a little brighter during summer time. Don’t forget to protect your eyes with UV blocking sunglasses. They will help prevent cataracts.

Throw stress to the wind!
Telling stress to go away is easier said than done, but this is summer! And summer was made for relaxing by the pool. Vacations are always a great way to relieve stress. It can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones like cortisol. If vacation isn’t an option, you can still lower stress by going for a walk in nature, planting a small garden, relaxing by your local pool, lake, or ocean, or even by practicing a little yoga at home.

Keep sleeping well.
Long summer days might have you wanting to stay up late. Bonfire on the beach, anyone? Unfortunately, messing with your sleep schedule for fun summer activities can leave you fatigued, and clocking in less than the daily recommended 7-8 hours can take it's toll. We know that some late night, summer activities are a must-do, so we recommend you do your best to maintain a healthy balance. 

For a few more summer health tips, feel free to visit a previous 5 Fast Facts Friday post that we did on summer health. There, we cover staying hydrated, protecting your skin, and keeping bugs away.