Summer often makes us think of barbecues, family gatherings and days at the beach. But due to COVID-19 and quarantine orders most of us could not get out and socialize last summer. Fortunately, this summer, things are looking up and may even resemble pre-COVID-19 summers. Regardless of what your summer plans are, one thing is for sure, your health should be a top priority.
Check out these 5 tips for to stay healthy this summer:
A hot summer day seems to pair perfectly with an ice-cold drink, so make sure you are making wise drink choices. During hot weather, your body needs to replace the liquid and electrolytes that are lost through sweat and exercise. Alcohol, sugar, and caffeine can cause your body to lose fluids quicker than it is replaced. So, be sure and keep these hydration tips in mind:
- Drink more water than usual, even before you are thirsty
- Add flavorings to your water such as lemon, lime, or fresh fruit to make it more appealing
- Enjoy other drinks in moderation but always with a glass of water
Immunizations are vital to your health, especially this year, as they can prevent deadly diseases and help decrease symptoms of common illnesses such as the flu.
Make a quick call to your doctor about the following:
- Ensure you are up to date on your vaccines. Be sure and get vaccinated for COVID-19 if you haven’t already done so. Same for Influenza shots – which are needed every year. Tetanus and Diphtheria require a booster every 10 years.
- Ask where you can easily get the vaccine(s). This could be your doctor’s office or a pharmacy.
Keep in mind that most vaccines are covered by your Medicare plan at little or no cost to you.
- Indoor Exercise
Exercising inside your own home is one way to keep fit and active while staying cool from spikes in summer temperatures.
For exercise, consider the following:
- Joining an online exercise class
- Intentionally adding extra movements to your daily routines
- Meeting up with a friend virtually to workout together
- Set timers in your home to remind you to move around
- Wear a Mask
While some places are loosening their restrictions for masks – its still a good idea to bring one and have it handy, especially if you are planning to be indoors and if there is a large gathering planned. A cloth face mask limits the spread of viruses through the air. For a mask to provide protection it needs to be worn properly.
Remember to wear your mask the right way:
- Covering your mouth and nose
- Secured behind your ears
- Fit snugly around the top of your nose, cheeks and under your chin
At the Right Time
- Put on before you enter a public setting
- At work in common or shared spaces
- At the doctor’s office
- On public transit
- When waiting in line
And don’t forget to wash your masks and hands immediately upon returning home.
The last building block for a healthy summer is fortifying your body with adequate nutrition. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available.
When planning your summer menu, aim to include a variety of foods that are high in nutrients and from all the food groups including:
- Vegetables, especially green, leafy vegetables
- Fruits such as berries
- Whole grains
- High quality proteins
- Dairy products and oils
Check out the schedule for Inter Valley Health Plan’s free online classes focused on health and vitality.