8 ways to stay healthy and fit this summer
1.) Protect your skin from harmful rays: Keep your skin looking young and beautiful. Applying a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF is key to protecting your skin from UVA rays. Even if you use moisturizers or face makeup that has SPF, you need added protection. Remember to reapply every two hours.
MOXIE-approved Sunscreen: EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 provides protection to your complexion to shield harmful UVA and UVB rays from causing damage. The smooth formula features hyaluronic acid to moisturize while lactic acid refines the skin to clear pores an reduce shine. Fragrance free.
2.) Moisturize: Laying out in the sun and the heat of the summer can often lead to dry, itchy skin. Instead of taking steaming hot showers, try short lukewarm showers. This will prevent your skin from further drying out. Also use gentle cleansing and scrubbing products. Using a moisturizer with aloe is healing and moisturizing.
MOXIE-approved Moisturizer: Beautycounter’s Rosewater Uplifting Spray and Lustro Face Oil are summer must haves. A few drops of Lustro Face Oil boosts radiance and improves your complexion while the Uplifting Spray tones and softens dry summer skin.
3.) Hydrate with infused water or tea: Staying hydrated during the summer is essential. The heat causes the body to sweat significantly more; therefore you need to put more water into your body. If you feel that you are in dire need of water, your body is most likely already dehydrated. Dehydration can put you at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Ways to hydrate your body is with infused water or tea: Add cucumber and mint or strawberryand lemon to your water to give it a subtle fruity taste without the calories. Iced green teas provide health benefits, but caffeine can be dehydrating, so drink some water along with it to be safe.
Low Calorie MOXIE-approved hydrating Starbucks beverages:
4.) Eat breakfast: Most of you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is even more of a necessity in the summer. Without food first thing in the morning, your body is more prone to dehydration, heat exhaustion or fainting. Eating a healthy breakfast in the morning not only gets your body ready and energized for your activities, but it also gives your metabolism boost.
Try having a high protein breakfast with some whole grains.
5.) Don’t eat when you’re thirsty: Many people mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger. This is much more common in the summer since your body needs more water to keep hydrated. Recognizing this is a huge way to save you from eating those extra calories. When you’re feeling hungry, take a step back and evaluate if you really are hungry or if you’re just thirsty. Remember- drinking water doesn’t just hydrate you; it also keeps you feeling full, so before eating try drinking a glass of water. If you’re still hungry in 20 minutes, have a nutritious snack or meal.
6.) Eat watermelon – and lots of it! Summer is watermelons’ best harvesting time – they are perfectly red, ripe and sweet.
Watermelon itself is about 90% water. So it is extremely hydrating- and its low fat. Not to mention the crazy health benefits. It is extremely rich in antioxidants, it also helps aid anti-inflammatory as well as cardiovascular and bone support. And it is very low in calories- only 45 calories for one cup. So eat up!
7.) Stay active: It’s hard for people to remain active in the summer because of the heat intensity. If you’re one who enjoys staying active outside, try starting your activity early in the morning or at night. These are the cooler parts of the day and are often the most relaxing. Try getting up for sunrise yoga or a run. It always feels good to get your exercise in first thing in the morning. Not only are you getting your exercise out of the way, but it also helps build up those endorphins to start your day off right. MOXIE offers classes at 6, 8, 9 and 9:30AM most days of the week this summer.
8.) Tread water: Aquatic exercise is great and easy on the joints. Treading water specifically is a less rigorous aquatic exercise that surprisingly works almost every muscle group in the body. The resistance from the water helps tone the arms, legs and the core. Depending at the level of exertion, treading water can burn up to 600 calories per hour.