School’s out, and the kids are home for summer. Suddenly your daily routine isn’t much of a routine at all. Don’t forget about yourself when you’re shuttling around the kids and trying to keep them in good health this summer.
Making sure that your kids are eating healthy is great, but you’re important, too. Don’t let your eating habits suffer this summer just because the kids are home. Try adding some of these simple foods to your summer diet, which have tons of health benefits and taste great:
- Iced coffee
Summertime means barbeque time, and who can pass up a backyard party? Not everything you’re going to eat this summer is going to be healthy, but you can always try healthier options. The American Heart Association gives these tips for healthier grilling options.
- Lean beef—make sure to drain the excess fat
- Baked fries instead of fried
Always go for the fruits and veggies first. If you’re filling up on the good stuff, you won’t have room for the bad stuff.
Exercise is always an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but the lazy days of summer can make it hard to log time inside the gym. Make your summer workouts fun by including the kids or trying new workouts. Here are three workouts that you can add to your plan this summer.
- Yoga—Get outside and get flexible with friends, human or feline.
- Go hiking—Find new trails or parks near you on a sunny day.
- Create a workout scavenger hunt—the kids will love this one too!
When doing all of these fun workouts and outside activities, don’t forget to stay hydrated. The Mayo Clinic shares guidelines for getting enough daily fluid intake, including from water, beverages, and food (which accounts for about 20% of your daily fluids). Altogether, daily fluid intake should be:
- About 15.5 cups for men
- About 11.5 cups for women
In terms of water intake, Harvard Medical School recommends drinking four to six cups of a day. That might sound a little different than the Mayo Clinic guidelines—but everyone can agree it’s important to drink lots of water every day.
As an added bonus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that water can help manage body weight!
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of summer keep you from your best health this summer.