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Summer is a time of year when many of us think about making choices that will improve our health. Health is something we should never take for granted. Even if you can’t remember the last time you felt unwell, it’s highly likely that there are things you could do to improve your lifestyle. If you’re looking to enjoy your healthiest summer yet, here are some hacks that will benefit the whole family.
Research shows that spending time in the great outdoors can benefit both your physical and mental health. Now that summer has arrived, there’s no excuse to stay indoors. Enjoy the sunshine, make the most of the long days, and embrace your natural surroundings. Being in the fresh air clears your mind, eliminates stress and makes you feel happier, so swap cozy days in watching movies for trips to a national park, walks along the beach or a day at the lake.
See your dentist
If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, it’s time to pick up the phone and book an appointment. Studies show that seeing a dentist on a regular basis can reduce your risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Both adults and children should attend regular dental checks. If you have problems between scheduled appointments, don’t wait. Early symptoms of gum disease, for example, can be treated relatively easily, but if you let things lie, you may end up with more complex issues.
Healthy eating is really important for all ages. If you can encourage your kids to try a wide range of foods and eat healthily from an early age, this will stand them in good stead when they get older. If your children are reluctant to eat fruit and vegetables, try and be creative with your presentation and get them involved in cooking. If you can turn a cucumber into a crocodile or get the kids to help you make a salad or a smoothie, you’re more likely to get positive results.
Most of us don’t move enough. Recommendations from health experts suggest that we should do five 30-minute sessions of moderate exercise per week. Try walking to school or work, taking your bikes out, and spending more time doing activities like climbing, walking, swimming, playing tennis, and kayaking. If you make a conscious effort to be more active, you can spend more time together, have fun, and enjoy the health benefits.
Stress can affect adults and children. Try and encourage children to talk to you if they have things on their mind. It’s really beneficial to open up and try and address problems swiftly. It’s good for your children to know that you’re there if they ever need to talk.
If you’re a parent, your child’s health is probably your priority, but it’s also really important to look after yourself. These health hacks can benefit the entire family, so take these tips on board for your healthiest summer yet.