5 Habits To Change For A Healthier Summer

With Summer in full swing, it’s all about spending time with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine, going out for trips to the seaside and having as much fun as you can. However, 2018 should be the year you aim to be your healthiest year so with that in mind, we thought we’d put together a few of our top tips to having a healthy Summer.

Touch everything Once

A saying I heard recently and one I’m trying to live by on a daily basis. This means that instead of doing the cooking and leaving the washing up in the sink until later, do it right then, right there and it’s done, meaning you have more time to do other things, things you really want to do. Use the frying pan – clean the frying pan – touch everything once! By putting things off, you’re cluttering up your mind with things ‘to do’ raising your stress levels and worrying about things that really don’t need to be thought about at all. Or perhaps you’ve got clothes to put away, you’ve taken the clean clothes upstairs and left it on the bed to do later….STOP!! Do it now, then it’s done so you can go and play with the kids, make yourself a lovely home cooked meal or go on a trip out somewhere.

Quit smoking

Something most smokers aim to do at some point but keep putting off to another time. By stopping smoking you will not only be saving yourself money, you’ll feel better within yourself, you’ll smell better and wont have that musty yellow tinge to your skin from all that tar and nicotine. One way you can help yourself to stop is by taking up vaping instead. It’s said to be around 80% cheaper than smoking normal cigarettes, you wont smell and it’s the much healthier option!

Sleep

Although making sure you have 8 hours sleep a night is important, sleeping in until lunchtime at the weekend just isn’t healthy and such a waste of life! By getting to sleep at a decent time, means you get more out of the day – time to go out with friends, see family or just have some ‘you’ time. Turn off your phone an hour before you go to bed and don’t watch tv, try reading a book instead to help your brain switch off.

Take-Aways

Ditch the take-aways and junk food. One ‘simple’ and quick way to make yourself so much healthier this Summer. Plus it will save you so much money by doing so. Most of the time take-aways don’t fill you up for long anyway and wont taste as great as you think they will.

Hydration

Did you know the average female should be drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to maintain their bodies an in hotter weather, it should be even more than this. However, on average in the UK we aren’t drinking nearly what we should be. This will lead to headaches and sun-stroke early on but more importantly, this could lead to further and more serious problems. So make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also, one thing to note is NEVER to drink water that has been left out in the sunshine in a plastic bottle as the heat from the sun can mean some of the chemicals in the plastic disperse into your water.

Homemade

Because you’ve now ditched the take-aways, you can now spend the time making yourself some delicious and tasty home cooked meals. Let’s be honest they don’t take that long to make these days and there are so many 15 minute recipes to choose from, so you really don’t have any excuses to get cooking!

Hit the Gym

Ok, so it doesn’t have to be a gym but get exercising! A morning walk, a quick jog around the block on your lunch break, a swim after work…there are so many ways that don’t cost the earth for you to get fitter and healthier.

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