Summer is here, with warmer temperatures for all to enjoy. While summer can be a great time to de-stress and take part in some outdoor activities, summer also naturally presents both hazards and opportunities for better health. The following tips can help you to stay healthy this summer.

1. Take Advantage of Fresh Produce

Fresh produce becomes abundant during the summer, with berries ripening and plenty of vegetables available in gardens and farmer’s markets. Take advantage of lower produce prices and stock your kitchen and your meals with a variety of antioxidant rich fruit and nutrient rich vegetables. You may set yourself up with good habits for the rest of the year.

2. Enjoy Outdoor Exercise

Nature walks, beach volleyball, softball, and games of tag with children are all great outdoor activities that can give you some exercise. Getting outside may refresh your interest in exercising if you usually stick to gym and home workouts, encouraging you to push yourself farther. The fresh air may also be good for respiratory health.

3. Protect Your Eyes

Sunglasses can help to protect your eyes from the sun and other summertime hazards. Wearing sunglasses that are designed to block UV rays can help to prevent cataracts and eye cancers. Wearing protective eyewear while playing sports, mowing the lawn, or performing other regular summertime activities may also protect the eyes against injuries.

4. Take Care of Your Skin

Giving your skin a little extra attention during the summer can save your health. The sun, warmer temperatures, and bugs all pose a threat to skin health, but these can be easily mitigated with a little care. Be sure to wear sun block or bug spray as needed, use moisturizers, and limit your exposure to direct sunlight. Even when wearing bug spray, be mindful of bites and check for ticks to be as safe as possible.

5. Stay Hydrated

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but the risks of dehydration increase in the summer with the higher temperatures and increase in outdoor activity. Stocking plenty of water and foods that are hydrating, like watermelon and cucumber, can help you to stay hydrated when at home. Packing a cooler with water when heading out on excursions can help you to maintain hydration while on the go.

Utilize your health insurance this summer and visit your doctor for more personalized advice regarding staying healthy. If you need help obtaining or selecting an insurance plan, call 855-440-2292 today.