Start Summer Habits That Will Last All Year

06.30.2016 • Wellness

With beautiful weather, fresh produce, and longer days, summer actually makes an ideal time to kickstart new habits. So why do we treat summer like the finish line for our wellness goals when we could use it as a starting platform?

Here are a couple of ideas for healthy habits you can implement this season to keep yourself feeling healthy and strong long after those tan lines fade.

Eat your colors

With so many fruits and veggies in season, summer is an easy time to time to stock up on your favorites. Many produce options freeze well to be enjoyed far past their showcase at the farmers market. Pop zucchini, tomatoes, tomatillos, and berries in the freezer now to make tasty stews and smoothies all year.

Let the grill times roll

Who says the grilling fun has to stop when the leaves change? Investing in an inexpensive grill pan is a great way to keep enjoying meals of grilled veggies and lean proteins, even when your outdoor grill is frosted over.

H2Oh so important

You’re drinking a lot more ice water for a sip of cool relief right now. Developing this habit of drinking more water in the summer months makes an easier pattern to follow come fall. Use fun printed cups to feel a little more fabulous. Or, for a little more glam, sparkling varieties are a delicious way to enjoy some tasty bubbles, no ID required. Plus, staying hydrated will help you combat dry skin in the winter months. Win-win!

Oops, I think I just exercised?

Staying active is easy in the summer, so keep the momentum going year-round by adding a few extra layers when the temperatures drop. Or, if your favorite trail starts to require snowshoes, try out a new fitness class to keep your workouts fun and exciting, no matter what the weather.  

Stay-cation state of mind

Days spent poolside keep us feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Maintain this clear mind by incorporating me-time year round. Finding an indoor lap pool or try meditation for ideal ways to create time for yourself. Coloring and journaling are also simple ways to de-stress when bikini season flees.  

Be a sunscreen queen

It’s easy to stay on top of sunscreen application in the summer months. However, it is important to remember that you can still get sunburned in the winter. Continuing to use products with an SPF of at least 30 will help to reduce sun damage and risk for skin cancer. So, lather up!