We hope you’re exercising this summer, of course.
And we hope you’re staying hydrated, avoiding the heat, and taking seasonal safety precautions to nurture your wellbeing.
Here are a few reminders:
- Drink plenty of water. It increases your metabolism to help you lose weight; makes us feel full faster; and – importantly now – keeps us cooler. Water is good for digestion and skin. A good rule of thumb is to drink between a half-ounce and 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight, according to WebMD.
- Avoid the heat. Enjoy your outdoor activities when it’s cooler. If you like to garden, get your digging done around breakfast time. Walk or jog after dusk. Play in the water when you can.
- Wear sunscreen and hats. Consumer Reports says 61 percent of people over 60 don’t use sunscreen. And skin cancers are up among Baby Boomers. Use something with an SPF between 30 and 50.
- Beat the bugs. Empty flower pots, buckets, and other water containers to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Use outdoor repellents around the yard. Yellow-hued outdoor lightbulbs attract fewer pests.
As always, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, limit your alcohol intake, and get a good sleep every night.
We’re here to get you moving safely. Contact us to get started.
Holly Kouvo is a personal trainer, functional aging specialist, senior fitness specialist, brain health trainer, writer, and speaker.