"One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals"
I love summer for so many reasons. The long days, the food, the outdoor concerts, and so much more. Staying healthy during the summer is important for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. Here are some tips that can help anyone, including black women, maintain their health during the summer months:
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially when it's hot outside. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, and other health issues. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.
Protect your skin: Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, wear protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable fabrics to shield your skin from the sun.
Eat a balanced diet: Focus on consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Opt for seasonal produce and explore local farmer's markets for fresh options. Incorporate cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber, and berries into your meals to stay refreshed.
Stay active: Engage in regular physical activity to maintain your overall health and well-being. Find activities you enjoy, such as swimming, hiking, dancing, or cycling. Consider exercising in the early morning or evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Practice self-care: Take time for yourself to relax, recharge, and reduce stress. Engage in activities that bring you joy and help you unwind, such as reading, practicing mindfulness or meditation, journaling, or engaging in hobbies. Prioritize self-care to support your mental and emotional well-being.
Protect your hair: If you have natural or chemically treated hair, take steps to protect it from the sun, chlorine, and saltwater. Consider using protective hairstyles, such as braids, twists, or updos, and use products with UV protection. Additionally, moisturize and deep condition your hair regularly to maintain its health.
Seek community and support: Connect with other black women who share similar health goals and interests. Join local groups or online communities that focus on health and wellness. Surrounding yourself with a supportive network can provide encouragement, motivation, and opportunities for shared experiences. Sister to Sister a good resource for this. Another good resource is the GirlTrek Organization. I walk with them regularly.
Remember that everyone's health needs and preferences are unique, so it's important to listen to your body and adjust your habits accordingly. If you have specific health concerns, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide personalized advice.
Thought for the day: "The beginning is the most important part of the work" - Plato
Announcing the 55 Minute Health Strategy Session. If you're looking for guidance on how to make positive changes in your life and achieve your health and life goals, I can help you get started on your journey towards a healthier and more balanced life. I am offering a discounted wellness consultation until the end of summer.
In the meantime, please visit my website www.luvyourhealthylife.com to get on the mailing list.
In addition, I am available for one-on-one coaching, plant-based kitchen parties, group coaching and wellness walks.
I look forward to hearing from you about your favorite summertime activities and yummy foods.
Enjoy your healthy life, Teri Sewell Huff, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach More About Me