June 24, 2015

6 Healthy Tips for You This Summer

Ahh summertime. Even if you’re not usually an active person, something about the sunshine and longer days makes everyone want to get outside and move. You might be inspired to go for a run or change it up and eat your lunch outside. However you spend the summer months, here are a few ways to stay healthy and actually be able to enjoy the season.

1.Ready, Set, Hydrate! Drinking plenty of water has so many benefits including keeping you from feeling fatigued, especially in the warmer weather and keeps your skin healthy, even when you’re in the sun all day. Try to drink four 16 ounce cups of water each day and more if you are spending lots of time outside or being active. Crane Special: We’re big water drinkers in the office, we recommend adding fruit to your water to improve the taste, plus you end up drinking more of it.

2.Get Moving — That physics concept, a body in motion stays in motion a body at rest stays at rest, definitely applies to exercise. Once you find a routine that works for you, it’s easier to keep up with it. This summer try working in a walk, bike or even run into your day. The exercise will help to keep your mind, body and heart stronger.

3.Easy on the AC — When it gets really hot the first thing we want to do is blast the AC, but the last thing we want to do is spend our summer weekends inside with a pesky summer cold. Constantly running your AC actually dries out the air in your home and contributes to dust particles in your air. Try to only run the AC at night or minimally and when you do run it, also run your humidifier to help combat the dryness.

4.Cover Up — I’ll be the first to say that I love getting a tan, but there is a right and wrong way to do that. Make sure you’re using sunscreen with at least 15 SPF, especially if you have fair skin. Be sure to apply before you leave for the day a few times while you’re out. Your skin will feel healthier and look better if you keep it moisturized all day long. Also remember to cover up and protect your eyes with some stylish shades; your older self will thank you.

5.Seasonal Snacks — It’s farmers market season! You can get fresh veggies, fruits and sometimes even meats and cheeses from a local farmer’s market- find the closest one to you! Not only are all these foods part of a healthy diet, but they’re also great for the local farmers and businesses. They’re also wonderful family events and make for the perfect educating opportunity to show kids where food really comes from, aka not the grocery store.

6.Recharge — With those long summer days it’s easy to spend evenings enjoying the comfortable temperatures and good company outside sharing stories and jokes, but those nights will catch up with you. Remember to turn in early some nights (maybe when it’s raining?) so your body can recharge and you can stay healthy. The heat and sun especially can take a lot of energy and you may feel more tired than in past months.

We love summer here at Crane and have been looking forward to the warmer weather all year! We want to remind everyone to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Be safe and have a fun and healthy summer!