Healthy Living Tips for the Summer Posted May 25 2017 by JW Haagensen Summer is right around the corner! Which means many of you have been hitting the gym and eating healthy to get the perfect summer body. But being healthy and having a summer body are not one in the same. As an insurance broker, we want to promote wellness and wellbeing amongst people. So, what better time to start following some healthy living tips than the summer time. The weather is nice and warm, people are outside and active, so let’s take it to the next step and create some positive lifestyle changes that will only benefit us. After all, the experts say if you do something every day for 30 days it will become a habit. Eat Right!The summer time is the best time for fresh produce. While fruits and vegetables all have a season, the summer offers an abundance of choices for you to eat fresh food. Visit your local farmer’s market, or even go pick your own fruit and vegetables if you can. Try to limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.Be Active!Eating right and staying active are two of the most important things one can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to be active for at least one hour a day. Include activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and that strengthen your muscles and bones. Go outside and go for walks after dinner, take the kids to the park, join a sports league, go to the beach or pool and go for a swim; these are just a few of the many activities you can do to help stay active during the summer. Physical activity helps to maintain your weight, reduces high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer. Arthritis pain, depression and anxiety symptoms are also reduced by physical activityHydrate!Did you know that you should drink about a gallon of water per day? Drinking enough water will benefit you in more ways than one. While the temperatures are hotter, staying hydrated is important. Drinking your fluids will also help your skin, increase brain activity, and also help you lose weight!Get Away!Who doesn’t love to go on a summer vacation? Remember to balance work, home, and play. Everyone needs a break from time to time, and with the kids being out of school, the summer is a perfect time for a family getaway. However, it is important to also disconnect. Just because you go on a trip doesn’t mean it will do you any good if you aren’t properly disconnected. Protect Yourself!When out enjoying the summer days, remember to wear sunscreen and insect repellent. Try to stay in the shade if you can. While catching some rays is good for you, only in moderation. Also, protect yourself and your family from injuries with seat belts, helmets, and protective sports equipment when partaking in outdoor activities.Sleep!Adults should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and children even more. I know we have all heard the saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” or “I’ll catch up on sleep on the weekend”, but those couldn’t be further from the truth. You can’t catch up on sleep, and without proper rest, your body will respond accordingly. Schedule and Appointment!Stay on top of your health and remember to schedule regular checkups for you and your family with your doctors. Discuss your health problems and risks and devise a plan for improvement. Find out what exams, tests, and shots you need and when to get them. Don’t forget about visiting the dentist too! Keeping your teeth in good shape is another good way to keep certain health problems from arising.A little prevention goes a long way to help ensure a long and healthy life. Check with your broker to see if your health benefits plan covers for those regular checkups, tests, and shots. It is important that you know your coverage before you need it. Whether you are looking for marine crew insurance, health insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, expatriate insurance or insurance for your business, we have the experience and knowledge to help you find the right policy. Contact us at mhginsurance.com or call us at +1 954 828 1819. What better time to start following some healthy living tips than the summer time.