Summer is the time to have fun, attend tea parties, go to the racecourse, and travel to new tourist destinations. But you’ve got to be healthy to do any of these things. So you need to take better care of your health this summer or risk getting sick or injured.
- Estimates show there maybe 2 million COVID cases in the UK this summer with another 10 million under isolation
- Heatwaves are more common in the summer and can lead to sunburns and even death
- There are more accident-related injuries and fatalities in the summer
So how can you stay safe and healthy this summer?
Be Careful About Your Food Intake
The summer heat can affect food quality and increase the risk of food poisoning. This is why you need to be watchful of the foods that you ingest during the summer. If it’s been out in the heat for too long, you need to microwave the meal or heat it before consumption.
Protect Yourself While Outside
Although extreme lockdown restrictions have been lifted, you still need to be vigilant. With the highly infectious Delta variant floating out and about, it doesn’t take much to get infected.
So wear a face mask, sanitise frequently, avoid touching your face, wash your hands often, and put some physical distance between you and the next person. And if you haven’t, consider getting the jab.
If you’ve already had the first, go get the second one. This will likely protect you from getting infected and having so self-isolate if you come in close contact with a covid patient.
Also, be careful of hay fever –it’s an absolute pain in the bum. You can get it if you inhale dust, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens –this is why you still need a nose mask. It can cause fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis, itchy throat, cough, persistent sneezing, and much more. If you already have it, you can get an OTC decongestant at a reputable Oxford Online Pharmacy.
Drink More Water
In summer, dehydration is the enemy. You need to make sure that you’re consistently hydrated as you go about your activities –and no, beers at the pub with your mates don’t count. Also, avoid sugary drinks. They tend to harm your liver and kidneys more as your body will work extra hard to filter and break down the sugars.
Get Out More and Exercise
This is the best time to get in great shape. 2020 was a crazy year, and if you’re like most people, you probably put on some weight. Start working out more. Join your local gym –many gyms now have outdoor spaces where you can do your thing.
If you don’t like the idea of being around other people who are puffing, sweating, and exchanging equipment, you can always just run by yourself, hike some trails, and do your exercise at home.
You can also take long walks in the evenings to burn more fat and do some bodyweight exercises in your local neighbourhood parks.
If you’re exercising frequently, then you also need to watch what you eat. If you’re used to eating junk, processed foods, you need to cut back on them and preferably get rid of them completely. Junk foods are usually calorie-dense and contribute to your weight gain.
The average adult male should only consume 2,000 – 2,500 calories, while adult females should consume between 1,600 – 2,200 calories a day. For many, this is hard to track. So just stick with smaller food portions containing a lot of protein, healthy fat, and small carbs.
The carbohydrates should contain high-fibre whole grains like millets, rye, wheat, corn, and oats –you can find more information here. These are very filling foods that prolong satiety, keeping you full for longer.
Do Something Fun and Thrilling
You need to go out and have fun with your mates. Go do something new. Travel to a new destination, go on a 2-day weekend holiday with someone special, attend music festivals, hike a new trail, do some bike packing, go on a sailing trip, enjoy some gorge scrambling, and other fun activities you can think of.
Protect Your Skin While Out and About
Although suntans are great, you need to be careful about extreme exposures. So put on some SPF lotions if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Wear bright-coloured clothing materials made from cotton, chiffon, linen, and silk. Avoid dark-coloured clothes because they can retain heat. Also remember to stay in cool areas if you’re out, and turn on your air conditioning if you’re inside the house.