This summer will be a strange one. After spending the past year and a half inside, the world is starting to return to a semblance of normal here in the greater Philadelphia region. What does normal look like now? While the mask mandates statewide in Pennsylvania are no longer in force, there’s still high importance on maintaining social distance and wearing a mask where appropriate.
But what else can you do to stay healthy during the summer? These six tips from the CDC should help guide you towards a healthier, safer summer season.
You should aim to get at least 150 minutes (that’s about 2.5 hours) of aerobic physical activity each week. Not only will it help improve your overall health, but you’ll also be able to sleep better and reduce your anxiety!
Can’t get outside for your workout? No problem! Check out these easy-to-do, at-home walking workouts from Leslie Sansone to keep yourself moving.
Wear Protection Outdoors!
This means wearing both sunscreen (at least SPF 15 or higher) and insect repellent when outside. You should also make sure to have wide-brimmed hats and loose-fitted long sleeve clothing for breathable coverage.
Pro Tip: If you’re using both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply your sunscreen first. And check for ticks on you, your clothing, and your pets after you come inside.
Extreme temperatures are dangerous for everyone, but high temps can affect people with chronic medical conditions. Make sure to stay hydrated by drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables that are high in water content–think fruits like watermelon and strawberries and vegetables like spinach and cucumbers! Staying in cool, indoor spaces during high temperatures and keep an eye on weather reports.
Don’t forget to check in with your elderly neighbors, and make sure they’re doing okay too!
Eat Fresh Fruits and Veggies!
Think about your Drink!
Make sure you get enough water throughout the day. Water doesn’t have to be the only thing you drink but swapping out a few sugary drinks with water will keep you hydrated and help you cut back on calorie
Quit Any Bad Habits!
Use the start of the new season as a reason to quit smoking. You can quit today! If you are a ChesPenn patient, you can call us at 610-485-3800 ext. 687 to join our smoking cessation program.
The ChesPenn smoking cessation program is tailored to meet your individual needs and includes free nicotine replacement therapy and counseling sessions.