Attorney Jim Brady_SummerSummer is the season of improvement projects – both personal or professional – and lots of folks will be thinking of ways to improve their health as the weather warms up. That in mind, here are seven ways to start living a healthier lifestyle this summer.

  1. Eat Fresh. With summer comes a boom in easily available fresh foods. Whether its vegetables from your local farmer’s market or simply fresh fruits from your favorite grocery store, summer is a great time to start enjoying a healthier diet. Fruits and berries are cool and refreshing and make for a great snack on a warm summer day while all sorts of vegetables taste great fresh off the grill and make for excellent additions to a summer barbecue.
  2. Flex Your Green Thumb. If you’re enjoying fresh food anyway, why not give a shot at growing some yourself? Many vegetables – like carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes – are relatively easy to grow at home. With a little bit of preparation, you can be eating homemade salads in no time! And if self-grown produce isn’t your thing, you can always liven up your home decor with some flowers or other greenery.
  3. Get Some Vitamin D. After a cold, gloomy winter there’s no feeling quite like soaking in the summer sun. Sometimes getting outside is all you need to feel better. Exposure to sunlight allows your skin to manufacture vitamin D which helps to keep our bones and teeth strong and may also help to fight disease.
  4. Protect Your Skin & Eyes. Enjoy that vitamin D boost, but remember that most everything is best in moderation. If you’ll be out in the sun a lot this summer, be sure to properly protect your skin with high SPF sunblock and your eyes with sunglasses and other cover. A little sun exposure can do great things for how you’re feeling, but too much of a good thing can become problematic, so be sure to protect yourself.
  5. Break A Sweat. The summer heat may have you perspiring a bit anyway, so why not go the extra mile and undertake a full-fledged workout? Summer weather lends itself to a number of great exercise opportunities, so find something that fits your preferences. Maybe you like to run or jog but then again, maybe you’re more of a team sports type. Either way, summer weather creates opportunity for all kinds of exercise. Find an activity that you enjoy and dive in!
  6. Stay Hydrated. Whether you’re working out or just feeling the heat on a particularly hot day, we tend to sweat more in the summer than in any other season. Aside from being uncomfortable, dehydration can lead to a number of more severe complications so be sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated this summer.
  7. Relax. Sometimes the best thing to do is the simplest. Summer is a beautiful time of year with a million possible activities and distractions. That’s all well and good but sometimes what you need is just to clear your mind and relax for a bit. So carve out some “me time” and enjoy some quality relaxation. It’s a simple solution, but you’ll certainly feel healthier for it.