Maggie Cares: 5 Tips for Healthy Summer Living

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It’s summertime, and the living is easy! Here are five easy ways to stay healthy during these longer, warmer, lazier days:

Tip #1: Exercise outside. If gym workouts have you feeling cooped up, try switching to an outdoor activity – such as going on a hike, cycling, taking a nature walk or going swimming. Avoid exercising outside during the hottest times of the day. Going with a family member, friend or furry companion is also a great way to create bonding time.

Going for walks with my Mom and Dad is one of my favorite things to do!

Going for walks with my Mom and Dad is one of my favorite things to do!

Tip #2: Exercise your mind. Keep your mind active by participating in activities that stimulate your critical thinking and comprehension skills, like reading, writing, crafting or playing games such as Sudoku, chess or solitaire. Be open to meeting new people and learning new things. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby or make a new friend.

Boating is one of my favorite activities! There are always new sights, smells and sounds to experience.

Boating is one of my favorite activities! There are always new sights, smells and sounds to experience.

Tip #3: Protect your eyes. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.

Did you know that there are sunglasses made specifically for dogs? I need to give these a try!

Did you know that there are sunglasses made specifically for dogs? I need to give these a try!

Tip #4: Practice sun safety. Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activities to avoid dehydration. Apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before you go outside. Wear light-colored, lightweight clothing and use hats with brims and sunscreen for more protection. Seek shade or air conditioned areas during the midday hours.

When it's too hot outside, I go inside to play with my toys and watch TV.

When it’s too hot outside, I go inside to play with my toys and watch TV.

Eat lots of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. These will help nourish your body for summertime activities. Avoid foods that are high in sodium, preservatives and sugar. Water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumbers and celery offer an extra boost of hydration that can be more effective than drinking water alone.

I always have plenty of water, but sometimes I get an icy treat!

I always have plenty of water, but sometimes I get an icy treat!

I hope you’re all enjoying these dog days of summer! I certainly am.

Love,

Maggie

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