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5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Summer

Marketing Intern | Shield HealthCare
06/16/14  11:10 PM PST
Stay Healthy

Enjoy Summer the Healthy Way

As the days get longer and summer heat increases, remember these five key tips to continue a healthy lifestyle:

Stay Hydrated

• Start every day with a glass of water to help replace the fluid lost overnight. Try to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water each day.

• Eat at least 1-2 servings of fruit and vegetables with each meal. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content and are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals that the body needs.

** Added bonus: Hydration helps prevent constipation and keeps your digestive tract working properly.

Manage Stress

• Make some time for yourself every day, even if it’s only five minutes to look out the window.

• Notice when you start to feel stressed. Take a deep breath and think about something pleasant for 30 seconds.

** Added bonus: A little downtime can increases your productivity throughout the day.

Exercise Daily

The American Heart Association recommends at least two and half hours per week of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking, bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour and gardening.

• Strengthening your muscles helps to maintain bone density and burn more calories at rest. Start with small weights or exercise bands.

**Added bonus: Activity helps your body deal with the physical effects of stress.

Eat More Healthy Foods

• Add an extra fruit and vegetable to your daily intake.

• Slice pears onto your salad, or toss sliced almonds in your yogurt.

• Combine cooked spinach or green beans with your frozen meal at lunch.

**Added bonus: A plant-based diet can help reduce your risk of cancer.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

• Tote your own shopping bags everywhere you go. Some places subtract money from your bill for every bag you bring!

• Now it’s even easier to recycle paper, plastic, aluminum and other packaging materials. Visit local grocery stores and shopping centers for convenient recycle sites.

**Added bonus: Recycling saves natural resources and helps prevent pollution.

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