Summer is an excellent time to consider how you may improve yourself. Use the suggestions below to make the most of your summer.
- Sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to increased hunger, elevated blood glucose, poor focus, frequent illness, and decreased problem-solving abilities. Make it a point to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
- Stay hydrated: Water is a great method to stay hydrated while also controlling your hunger. Fruit juice, fresh cucumbers, lime slices, or fruit can be used to add a splash of flavor. Be inventive.
- Add Fiber: Fiber is abundant in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Fiber keeps you fuller for longer, so you’re less prone to overeat. Consume at least 25 grams of fiber every day.
- Limit added sugars: Aim to consume no more than six tablespoons of added sugar per day (this does not include natural sugars found in fruit and milk). Although this objective may not be achievable every day, aim for success at least 80% of the time. Save your six teaspoons for something special. It’s helpful to know that one teaspoon equals four grams of added sugar while reading labels.
- Keep an eye on your alcohol consumption: Too much alcohol can have unforeseen consequences. Studies reveal that when we have alcohol in our system, we make poorer eating choices. Alcohol has roughly 100 calories per serving, and mixed drinks have considerably more. The goal is for ladies to have one drink per day and men to have two drinks per day.
- Stay active: Your workout plans may have been put to the test due to the stay-at-home orders. Set an exercise goal for yourself and stick to it.
- Enjoy the weather: Studies suggest that people’s heart rates and blood pressure improve when they spend time outside. Take a moment to absorb the beauty of being outside. But please use extra caution when it’s too hot outside.
- Gratitude: Take a few moments each day to think about a few things that made you happy or made you feel good. Gratitude and optimism can assist you in living a healthy life.
Creating a healthy environment around food, exercise, and rest will ensure overall health success. One of the most important things to remember is that only you are responsible for respecting your body and providing it with what it requires.