5 Ways to Stay Healthy Over the Summer

May 25, 2016

Have fun in the sun and stay healthy over the summer with these five tips!

Have fun in the sun and stay healthy over the summer with these five tips! @jlevinsonrd.

This post was sponsored by Meta as part of an ongoing partnership. I was compensated for my time, but as always all opinions are my own. 

The long, hot days of summer are often filled with social gatherings, weekends away, and occasions to eat and drink. And of course ice cream! All the fun may get in the way of you maintaining your regular routine, which hopefully includes exercise and healthy eating habits. But with a few key tips, it’s possible to stay healthy over the summer while enjoying the extra picnics and barbecues that come along with this time of year.

Stay Hydrated

It’s always important to take in enough fluids during the day, but the summer heat and increased perspiration can lead to quicker dehydration than usual. Water is your best bet since it’s calorie-free, but if you get bored with glass after glass of plain H2O, infuse it with fresh fruit or vegetables that add flavor without calories. Try my Orange Ginger Mint Spa Water for a refreshing change of pace.
You can also flavor your water with sugar-free, low-calorie flavored powders or drops. One of my favorite powders to add to water and smoothies is Metamucil, so I was super excited when they came out with a new product, Meta Appetite Control, in Pink Lemonade flavor! It’s the perfect way to enjoy summery lemonade, stay hydrated, and feel full for longer between meals*!

Meta Appetite Control will help you stay hydrated and full for longer between meals.

Like the original Metamucil powder, Meta Appetite Control is made with 100% natural psyllium fiber, which forms a gel in your digestive system, slowing absorption and digestion, thereby aiding in the sensation of fullness. As an FYI, because the psyllium fiber turns into a gel when in fluid, you want to sure to drink your Meta infused water ASAP. This isn’t a drink to let sit for hours before you go back to it!

Protect Your Skin

Getting some sun on your face after a long winter of hibernating feels good and gives you a nice glow, but too much isn’t good for the health of your skin. Prevent skin cancer and slow down your skin’s aging by applying sunscreen multiple times a day (more if you’re swimming and sweating a lot), covering your head with a hat or get fancy and wrap a pretty scarf around your hair, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes, and staying in the shade as much as possible, especially between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun is the strongest.

Stay Active

Hot days are often lazy days spent inside the cool AC or, if you’re lucky, floating in a pool. Unfortunately those activities don’t help you meet your 10,000 steps for the day and they definitely don’t burn calories! Take advantage of the longer days of summer by using the extra daylight hours for exercise.

Beat the heat by going for an early morning or evening run, jump off the float and swim some laps, or enjoy the air conditioning while taking an indoor cycling class. On those milder days head into nature for a hike – summer is certainly a beautiful time of year to be outdoors. And don’t forget about keeping your muscles strong (and those arms sexy for bikini season)! Try these 5 exercises that will keep you fit for summer!

Indulge In Moderation

Between the daily pull of the jingling ice cream truck, happy hours on rooftops, and weekend barbecues on a weekly basis, we’re faced with more opportunities to indulge during the summer than almost any other time of year. Don’t deprive yourself of all the seasonal food and drinks you love; rather, enjoy them in moderation and make sure you plan ahead so you can keep your calorie intake in check. To help you do so, try some of my tips for staying on track over the weekend and forget about the fad diet of the month – it won’t lead to lasting results.

When it comes to summer specific occasions like barbecues, remember it’s all about choosing wisely and balancing your plate. For example, if you’re having a burger but you also want some of that potato salad and corn on the cob, skip the hamburger bun so you don’t overdo it on the carbohydrates. Throw some fruit on the grill for a sweet and nutrient-rich dessert. And don’t go to the barbecue on an empty stomach. Pre-barbecue is a perfect time to have a Nutritioulicious snack or a glass of water with Meta Appetite Control (you can grab a coupon to try it here). For more ways to stay healthy at summer BBQs, check out my Nutritioulicious BBQ Guide.

Meta Appetite Control will help you stay hydrated and full for longer between meals.

Get Social

A big part of the fun of summer is all the social activities. So get off the computer and head outside to interact with friends and family. All the tips above will help you stay healthy while you’re partaking in social activities, and being social in itself will keep you motivated.

Let your nearest and dearest know you’re working on healthier habits and use the social support as a way to stay on track and stick to your goals. Research shows that having friends and family members who are supportive of your healthy habits helps with weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight over time.

What’s your strategy for staying healthy over the summer?

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Have fun in the sun and stay healthy this summer with these five tips! @jlevinsonrd

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  1. I’ve never seen this product! You have all the hidden gems lately- I love it! Helps keep me on my toes, definitely going to look for this! Great tips- definitely keep active!

    1. Haha…It’s brand new! Make sure to grab the coupon from the link in the post so you can try it when you find it!

  2. I’m terrible with hydration, especially in our super dry climate – so I’m definitely going to work on that first recommendation. I’m hoping to get some swimming in, too!

    1. It can be really challenging. I’m better about it in the summer because I’m always so parched, but during the winter I struggle! Hope you have success this summer!

  3. Sunscreen is so important to me since I’m pretty fair skinned. I need to wear hats more when I’m outside, though. Very helpful tips! 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing Kaleigh! I know I should put sunscreen on so much more than I already do when I’m just out and about running errands. I only think to do it when I’m going to the pool, which isn’t good!

  4. Great post Jessica! My husband and I have had a bunch of skin cancer scares in our families recently, so your second point really hits home. Sunscreen is so important! And I just clicked over to check out your Orange Ginger Mint Spa Water- YUM!

    1. Yes, very easy to forget about these two things. And we often remember once it’s too late like when we’re dehydrated or have a sunburn.

  5. Great great great post! I love that you included the social part, I feel like it’s so easy to neglect that when talking about wellness & I believe it to be so integral!

    1. Thanks so much Rebecca!! Yes, the social part really is key. I think it’s so much harder for people to stick with healthy habits if they feel peer pressure to stray. If friends and family know what you’re working on it makes a huge difference.

    1. Hi Ann! Thanks so much. I love learning about new products too! And yes, hydration is a struggle I am always working on. Let’s support each other in that goal!