Summer time is characterised by warmer, longer and hopefully lazier days. The abundance of fresh fruit and veggies along with lovely sun and fresh air means all of a sudden it’s easier to live a healthy lifestyle.
Make the most of this summer to de-stress and bank some good healthy living away in the body and memory.
The great outdoors
The health benefits of being outdoors are many and we are lucky enough in New Zealand to have a huge selection of parks and an ever-growing network of walking and cycle tracks. Plus of course our beaches and lakes.
If you don’t have time for a trip out, a walk around the neighbourhood will also improve your outlook, ease depression, strengthen your immunity and help your fitness.
More than half our body weight is made up of water and therefore our body depends on water to survive. Every cell in your body needs water and studies have shown that most of us are actually mildly dehydrated at any given time.
Drink water in smaller amounts regularly with the goal of not experiencing the early symptoms of dehydration – darker urine, reduced or no need to urinate, dry mouth, extreme thirst and headaches.
Start the day with water and carry a drink bottle with you as a reminder to drink more. If you are unwell, exercising, in the water or just hot, make sure you increase your intake.
With warm weather and a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies, especially leafy greens, summer eating is easy & healthy. Buy what’s in season – not only is it cheaper it also tastes better and it is more nutritious when eaten fresh.
Family and friends
Summer in New Zealand means family and friends and BBQ’s. Some of your best memories will be made at these casual get-togethers. It’s an ideal time to put down your screens of all shapes and sizes, and get active and social.
What are your best healthy summer living tips?
Written by Sophie Aaron
An avid yogi and free spirit who, this babe loves all things health and fitness related. When she isn’t eating something strange and healthy looking, you’ll find her thrift shopping or getting out in nature.
Favourite place she’s travelled to: India