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Steps for healthy summer living

While the summer months are associated with carefree living, it's easy to get carried away and risk your health. Here are some tips to make sure you remain at your optimum during the season.

Garden your troubles away

Summer's a great time to tend to your garden and this season is all about colourful flowers. Not only will your outdoor area look beautiful, you will too as gardening is seen as a form of "green exercise". This means gardening is not only good for your flowers, but it has a positive effect on the heart too.

Exercise outdoors

The last thing you want to do during the summer is stare at the sunshine through the gym windows. Instead, why not make the most of the glorious weather and burn some calories off in the great outdoors? Go for a long, brisk walk or if you want to get your heart rate up even more, go for a jog. 

How about taking some inspiration from Wimbledon and grabbing some tennis rackets, a friend and heading down to the court at your local park - it's free, fun and good for you.

But, don't forget to stay hydrated and if you feel the heat is zapping your energy, try a burst of portable oxygen to help you go the extra mile.

It's all in the eyes

Just as you would take care of your skin and protect it with sun cream, don't forget to look after your eyes too. Wear sunglasses that block at least 99 per cent of ultraviolet A and B rays and be safe in the knowledge that not only will your vision be protected, you are also decreasing the instance of wrinkles around the eyes.

Take a break

Taking a holiday has multiple health benefits - it can lower your blood pressure, reduce your heart rate and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Of course, it's not going to be difficult to persuade anyone to go on holiday, but for those who would like to get away during the summer, make sure you tie up all loose ends at work before you go so you aren't tempted to do any job-related tasks when you're meant to be relaxing on holiday.

Sleep well

Resist the urge to stay up late during the long, light nights of summer - instead, make sure you stick to a routine and avoid smartphones, tablets and alcohol directly before getting into bed.

Keeping your bedroom well ventilated with windows and doors open will help you avoid being too hot to sleep during the warmer months. If that doesn't work, try running your hands and wrists under cold water before you climb into bed.

Don't overdo the alcohol

While it might be tempting to cool down with a cold beer or gin and tonic, these will only dehydrate you. Keep alcohol to a minimum and make sure you drink plenty of water to quench your thirst and counteract the beer and spirits. Bear in mind also that too much alcohol will impair your sleep and only make you feel tired the next day.

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