1. Give Your Diet a Berry Boost
If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries every day. They’ll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses.
2. Get Dirty and Stress Less
To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots indoors or out.
3. Floss Daily
Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere.
4. Get Outside to Exercise
Pick one outdoor activity going on a hike, taking a nature walk, cycling, roller blading, or swimming to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts.
5. Be Good to Your Eyes
To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.
6. Vacation Time!
Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.
7. Alcohol: Go Lite
Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage
8. Sleep Well
Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime.