July is here and summer is now in full swing! If you’re just now entering into your official summer vacation, then it might be time to properly prepare your body for all of the fun in the sun you are about to have over the next two months. But what exactly do you need to do to prepare your body for summer activities? Isn’t it as simple as lathering up some sunscreen, grabbing a bottle of water, and heading out into the world? No! In fact, you can do quite a bit to prepare your body to handle the summer heat. Take a look at our 4 tips down below to make sure that you have all of the information you need to stay safe this summer.

Keep Your Exercise Routine
First and foremost, make sure that you don’t skip out on your exercise routine this summer. Sure, your days are likely to be filled with beach time, pool time, hiking time, walking time, biking time, and plenty of family time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze in your workout in the morning or before bed! Keeping your exercise routine will help to ensure that your body can accommodate the additional calories that you’ll likely take in with BBQs, drinks, and more.

Stay Hydrated
Hydration is always key no mater the time of year. However, the summer time means that you’re more likely to go through some hot days with humidity and temperatures on the rise. With that in mind, staying hydrated is going to be one of the best things you can do to prepare your body for those fun summer activities. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up to start the day off fresh. From there, try to drink a glass of water every hour or as needed, especially if you’re out in the hot sun.

If you’re someone who has spent all winter and spring hibernating in your home or your apartment, you certainly aren’t alone. But when it’s time to get up, get out, and soak in the sunshine, you need to ensure that your muscles and joints are prepared. To do this, all you have to do is spend about 30 minutes a day outside walking. Walk to the park, take the dog for a walk, skip the ride to the café and walk there instead – anything you can do to get up, move, and prime your joints and muscles for hiking, camping, sports, and swimming will be critically important.

Enjoy The Moment
Prepping your body for summer is just as much of a mental exercise as it is a physical one. We’ve all been through quite a bit over the last year, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, learning to enjoy the moment is critically important. This summer, spend time focusing on you, your friends, and your family – focus on the time that you spend with them, and focus on the activities that you’re doing. Live in the moment, and experience life at its best.