Healthy Living This Summer!


guidelines to healthy living

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1. Give Your Diet a Berry Boost

If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries — blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries — every day. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.

A big bonus: Berries are also tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.

2. Get Dirty — and Stress Less

To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots — indoors or out.

Just putting your hands in soil is “grounding.” And when life feels like you’re moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded can help relieve physical and mental stress.

3. Floss Daily

You know you need to, now it’s time to start: floss every single day. Do it at the beach (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, or when watching TV — and the task will breeze by.

Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere. Floss daily and you’re doing better than at least 85% of people.

4. Get Outside to Exercise

Pick one outdoor activity — going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming — to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts.

And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together — it’s also a great way to create bonding time.

5. Be Good to Your Eyes

To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.

And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask your eye doctor about the best type; some are sport-specific.

6. Vacation Time!

Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind.

Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

7. Alcohol: Go Lite

Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons).

A sangria (table wine diluted with juice), a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation — defined as one to two drinks daily — alcohol can protect against heart disease.

8. Sleep Well

Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime.

It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same time, for the same amount of time.

There they are: Eight super simple ways to boost your health this summer. Try one or try them all. They’re so easy you won’t even know they’re — shhhh — good for you.

BUT:

Do you feel lack of energy in the mornings as well as during the day? Do you want to increase your energy levels and enjoy a more active life?

Active people can get a lot of work done with enthusiasm and tons of energy. The quality of work such people produce can also be great because of the huge amount of energy invested behind their efforts.

They enjoy a life of stamina and hard work. Most achievers and winners of this world have not been lazy or shy of doing what needed to be done. They are likely to put their best effort whenever the situation demands it.

If you want to be like such people and want to remain active throughout the whole day, then following tips should come in handy to you. If you want to learn how to become active and improve your stamina then read on.

You can increase your energy and activeness levels by leaps and bounds if you consistently adhere to these simple energy enhancing tips backed by latest research.

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Tips to Become More Active Everyday:

1. Get early morning sunlight: This can be excellent for your body’s health as well as enjoying high energy levels throughout the day.

The early morning sunlight can be really beneficial to us. It is recommended that we bathe our bodies in sunlight for atleast 30 minutes each day.

Some tips to do this are to go for a walk early in the morning, or sit by a sunny window sipping your morning coffee, or to sit in the garden reading the newspaper!

2. Get up at the same time each day: When you get into the habit of getting up at the same time each day, your sleep cycle and body adjusts to your timing.

Initially it may seem difficult, but after a few days or weeks, you can feel it getting easier and easier to get up at the same time each morning feeling refreshed and looking forward to the day.

3. Get up early in the morning and do something: Schedule some important work in the early hours of the morning. We are likely to be fresh and feeling energetic in the mornings.

If we try to make productive use of this time, we can get a lot more accomplished as well as overcome tiredness and feel enthusiastic. Enjoy your morning hours and get something useful done. You will be thankful for the whole day. In the mornings, the distractions are also less.

Becoming the High Energy Person:

The above tips should help you in becoming lively, active and enthusiastic person. Enthusiasm can be the main driving force behind doing something wholeheartedly or doing it without much interest. It can also mean the difference between quality work and careless work.

So often, our tiredness and low energy levels hinder with our enthusiasm and productivity. These tips should stand you in good stead in improving your productivity and quality levels. Try them out to see their effectiveness.

Tips for better Nutrition:

Summer weekends at the beach, backyard barbecues, and outdoor dinners are finally here too, but these gatherings are often loaded with high-calorie pasta salads, chips, ice cream, cocktails and beers. Enjoy your warm weather favorites while keeping your nutrition in check with the tips below.

1. Drink green tea instead of sweet tea. Green tea has a natural component that helps speed up your metabolism. Skip the box tea and opt for the brew-it-yourself with boiling water and a tea-bag-type tea.

2. Serve seafood. Summer is the ideal time to get the freshest catch from your local grocer. Grill salmon, tuna, lobster, steamer clams, and calamari for a low-calorie, protein-packed lunch or dinner.

3. Don’t skip breakfast. When you wake up in the morning, your body is running on fumes. Eating a breakfast with protein, carbs, and healthy fat kicks your metabolism into high gear and provides energy for the day.

4. Enjoy summer fruits and veggies. It’s easy to sink into a vegetable rut, eating the same boring veggies week after week, but with summer comes fresh choices. Including a mix of in-season colorful veggies in your meals gives your body a nutrient kick.

5. Snack at work. Bring snacks to work and graze throughout the day. When you eat more often—five to six times per day—you’re far less likely to overeat and more likely to stay energized.

6. Grab a sports drink. For workouts lasting longer than 45 minutes, drinking a sports drink every 15 to 20 minutes can help you maintain energy, increase endurance, and stay hydrated.

7. Drink healthier beers. If you’re going to indulge, opt for antioxidant-packed craft brews like Fuller’s Organic Honey Dew Ale or Stoudt’s Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout. To save calories, choose beers with less than 100 calories like Select 55 and Miller Lite.

8. Hydrate often. The summer heat makes you more susceptible to dehydration. Start off your day by drinking two glasses of water and keep drinking at each meal, as well as before and after your workout, to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you as a reminder to stay hydrated.

9. Cook meals together. Involve your friends and family in your healthy lifestyle this summer. A simple way to start: Plan meals, shop, and cook with your spouse and kids.

10. Downsize your dinnerware. We’re not talking about buying new plates, just using the smaller ones in your set for meals like lunch and dinner. Cornell University researchers found that by switching from 12- to 10-inch plates anyone can reduce calorie consumption by 20 to 22 percent and lose nearly two pounds per month. And that’s without changing any other aspect of your diet.

11. Recover with a post-workout shake. After exercising, blend your favorite summer fruits and a scoop of whey protein into a shake to kickstart the muscle-building process, help your body recover from training, and boost your energy levels.

12. Pre-plan your meals. You plan your weekend getaways and activities for summer. Why not your meals? Make it easy by preparing all of your food on Sunday so that you have enough meals for the week. The best part: You’ll save money.

13. Eat healthy at the beach. Ice cream stands and high-calorie barbecues are bound to put a damper on your diet, so stay clear of these temptations by being prepared. Pack a cooler with ice, bottled water, sandwiches on whole grain breads, pita chips, hummus, yogurt and lots of fruit. You’ll feel healthier and happier after your day at the beach.

14. Give your house a summer cleaning. You need an environment that reflects your healthy way of living and your summer fitness goals. To start, remove unhealthy foods from your home (so you’re not tempted). While you’re at it, stock your office with fruit, nuts, and other healthy snacks.

15. Build a better burger. Create a healthier burger with whole wheat buns, lean meats, and delicious toppings like pineapple, wasabi, guacamole, and feta cheese.

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GROVE HOPES YOU HAVE AN INCREDIBLE SUMMER!!!

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