How to Have a Healthy Summer

woman with a backback hiking in woods
Everybody can do these five things to stay healthy over the summer. Jake Melara/Unsplash
The summer season has officially begun, and UACCM’s Wellness is Necessary (W.I.N.) committee wants to share some tips on how to take care of your body and mind during the summer!

1. Get your rest
Routines may vary with summer events, but aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Keep your room cool and shades pulled to help make your sleep more comfortable.

2. Move your body
Added heat (even if it’s dry heat!) can make exercise uncomfortable in the summer months. Try getting some exercise in the morning hours before the sun is at its peak. Or break up your day and go for shorter walk breaks throughout your day.

3. Connect with others
Plan something fun with family or friends. It doesn’t need to be expensive, but being social and around others will help keep any negative thoughts from ruminating. If you aren’t feeling like being in a crowded space (street fair, farmers’ market, amusement park), try to call at least one person to stay connected.

4. Stay hydrated
Aim to drink more than the standard eight glasses a day. And get creative: put some frozen berries in your water or even some mint leaves and lime slices. Opt for snacks with high-water content such as watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes and cucumbers.

5. Wear sunscreen
Look for at least an SPF 30 and wear it all the time! Even if you are just running errands or going for a short walk, ultraviolet exposure increases somewhere between four and 10 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level.

About W.I.N. 

UACCM's Wellness Is Necessary committee, a group of employees who work to make UACCM a healthy environment for all.


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