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1. Stay hydrated
It is incredibly important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re enduring the harshness of the Arizona sun. But proper hydration entails more than having an occasional sip of water. Try keeping a reusable bottle with you and drinking it throughout the day. Though a safe standard of water intake is 8 glasses a day, it mostly depends on the person. If you’d like to know how much is suggested specifically for you, check out this Hydration Calculator to find out!
2. Stock up on healthy options
For many, the start of summer means receiving a well-deserved break. But with that extra time on your hands, it can be easy to pick up a habit of ‘boredom snacking.’ Though there are ways to help avoid this, sometimes the temptation can be hard to resist. Instead of cutting yourself off, try stocking your pantry with healthy snacks. That way, when the snacking urge does kick in, you have healthy options to choose from!
3. Use the heat to your advantage
Summer in a place like Arizona can make you want to spend your days inside. But don’t forget, this heat provides the perfect weather for water activities! Try hitting the pool to get your exercise in—it’s fun and provides a good workout space. There are so many exercises you can do in the comfort of cool water!
4. Keep sunscreen on hand for reapplication
We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen in the summer, but many forget that one application is simply not enough. Keep sunscreen with you when you know you’re going to be outside, and don’t hesitate to take a time-out from whatever you’re doing to reapply! The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends reapplying every two hours.
5. Nurture your mental health
Summer is all about refreshing and recharging! Whether your schedule is clear or you’re still busy working this summer, remember to set aside time for the things you love to do. Make an effort to get out and meet up with friends or take a moment to relax at home. This is your time to focus on the things that make you happy.