In the warmer, longer, lazier days of summer, even adults tend to adopt a “school’s out!” attitude. Here are 5 easy ways to boost your health this summer (provided by our friends at WebMD) . Try one or try them all–they’re so easy it won’t take much effort at all!
1. Have a Berry or Two
Have a cup of berries–blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries–every day. Loading up on antioxidants may help prevent damage to tissues; blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich. Also, berries are tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.
2. Play in the Dirt– 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,” which can help relieve physical and mental stress.
3. Floss Daily
Floss at the park (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, when watching TV or when listening to music–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.
4. Get Outside
Pick one outdoor activity–going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your friends or siblings, cycling, roller blading, or swimming. People that play together not only get fit together–it’s also a great way to create bonding time.
5. 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.