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How To Be Active All Summer, Be Happy And Staying Safe?

Do you also look forward to warm weather? I do every year! I love to bask in the sunshine and spend even more time outdoors. Many people thaw out, revel in picnics and embrace the bounty Nature has to offer!

Here are a few tips for summertime Active Wellness that will keep you healthy while you enjoy fun and games, holidays and get-togethers.

•          When hiking or in woodsy areas, use insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and full-length trousers to prevent mosquito bites and ticks.

•          Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for UV protection and don’t forget to reapply eery two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.1

•          Wear wide-brimmed hats.

•          Whatever activity you pursue, both indoors or outdoors, stay hydrated by drinking water frequently.

•          The more active you are, the more important it is to get restful sleep. Aim for at least seven hours each night.2

•          As you attend celebrations throughout the summer, remember that alcohol is dehydrating, especially under the sun. So, monitor your intake and always drink plenty of plain water.

•          Go barefoot when you can! Whether it’s at the beach or on grass, take advantage of the warm weather and get grounded naturally.

•          Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing that is loose-fitting. This helps sweat evaporate more quickly to keep you cooler.

•          Do strenuous exercises in the morning or evening to avoid the hottest times of the day. When outdoors, try to find shady areas.

•          If you’re going on vacation, plan an active one. Include family members in camping, hiking, swimming, etc. Include bike rides or walking tours when visiting cities.

•          Try to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity in weekly.3 If you can’t make it outdoors, do it at home or at a gym. Yoga, Pilates, dancing, Zumba—it all counts.

•          Summer fruit and vegetables are delicious and beneficial, especially if you’ve had a hard winter. Check out what your local farmers’ markets are offering and enjoy seasonal produce at its freshest!

•          When enjoying outdoor meals, remember to wash hands, utensils, containers and work surfaces before handling food to prevent bacteria from spreading.

•          Wash fruit and vegetables before cutting or peeling to help remove bacteria that may be on the rind or skin.

•          Throw out leftover food if it’s been sitting out for more than two hours. If it’s hotter than 90°F or 32°C, throw it out after one hour.5

Our holiday experience

We went on our little mini break to the Isle of Wight. We packed our beloved PiMag Waterfall, for my older son the Kenkodream quilt, and for us the Kenko sleeping bags. And all of us wearing the Nikken jewellery! But I tell you what! We still missed the Kenko mattress topper (I’m afraid no longer available)! Sleep is important, right? Especially on a holiday! Well, the mattresses were either too soft with lose springs poking in our backs or just soft without the extra massaging nodules for extra support. We missed our Nikken mattress toppers! Once you experience a good, restful night sleep, it’s hard to ever go back! It was great to be away and we are looking forward to our next trip.

Why don’t you share your disasters and /or your happy moment you’ve had on your holiday this year? Looking forward to reading them!

Have a wonderful summer!

1, 3 https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-summer.htm

2 https://www.gundersenhealth.org/health-wellness/eat/8-tips-to-stay-healthy-this-summer/

4, 5 https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/how-to-have-a-happy-healthy-summer.html

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