As the days are longer, we’re more active than ever. But to keep active and stay active, you want your heart to be healthy to keep up with everything that you’re doing. The American Heart Association has some tips on how to have a heart-healthy summer:
Stay Hydrated – water is best, but plenty of fluids before, during, and after any warm activities – you’ll want to avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages that dehydrate.
Try to work out in the cooler parts of the day – early morning or early evening, to help prevent sunburn or sunstroke.
Make sure you wear lightweight clothing – and light colored too!
Summer is a great season to try new veggies – if you’re grilling, throw some mushrooms, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes on the skewer.
When you’re packing for a beach road trip, throw in a football, soccer ball, or a frisbee to give you the incentive to get moving when you’re enjoying the sand.
Create your own fruit pops – mash up fruits like peaches or watermelon into paper cups and freeze overnight – you’ll save on a lot of money and sugar!
Wear hats when in the sun, and make sure you’ve got at least SPF 15 on.
And if the heat gets to be too much, head indoors – the heat will break eventually, and you’ll be able to keep up a healthy, active summer!
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