– 60 Days Till Summer!

60 Days Till Summer!

60 days till summerThings seem to slow down in the summer months. From family vacations at the beach, weekend camping trips, firework displays, picnics, and exploring the great outdoors, summer is a time for friends and families to get together and enjoy the sunshine.

Summer can also be a very active time of year, too. From playing whiffle ball in the backyard, going swimming, or heading to the amusement park for the day, those long summer days can quickly become exhausting, not to mention the additional fatigue that comes from being a parent. Chasing around your little ones in the open outdoors is just one more reason to keep up that stamina.

In order to enjoy the small moments and the big during the summer, it’s important to keep your health at its prime. Whether your body is battling spring allergies leading up to summertime or you want to build up your physical endurance to keep up with summer activities, taking care of your mind and body is critical to enjoying 3 months of summer bliss.

60 days till summer

It all starts with your mindset. With summer only two months away, you can be tempted to doubt in your ability to make any “real” changes in the small amount of time left. But in fact, change is more possible than you might think. Here are a few tips to put you on track to improving your health before summer comes:

Proper Sleep. Getting proper sleep is important as the seasons change and days become longer. Don’t let the longer days keep you up much later than you normally go to bed. Adjusting your sleep schedule by hour or two can be okay, but staying up any longer can cause you to feel fatigued during the day. That fatigue, then, can sometimes lead to afternoon naps, which is when the sun is out and the kids are active. Don’t let extended daylight keep you from proper sleep – take control of your sleep schedule and make sure that you are going to bed at reasonable hours in order to feel vibrant and energized throughout the day. According to an article by the Huffington Post, a helpful solution to wakefulness during summer nights is to “make your bedroom as dark as possible using blackout shades.” That way, even if it’s still light outside, your body can transition to sleep mode much easier.

Lots of Water. It can be difficult to stay hydrated during this transition period between spring and summer. The days are slowly getting warmer and sunnier, but they’re not quite hot enough to make you sweat. Believe it or not, your body needs water – and lots of it! Don’t wait for the headaches and dizziness to set in before drinking your proper fluids. Staying hydrated can help to refresh your skin, energy levels, and your metabolism. In fact, “researchers concluded that inadequate fluid balance — not drinking enough water — has a negative effect on your mood,” according to an article from So, enjoy those summer activities all the more by staying hydrated!

60 days till summer

Protect Your Eyes. Staring into the sun for long periods of time can weaken your eyes and cause migraines and headaches. Don’t let the bright sunlight ruin your joy of being outside. According to an article from, “If you’re planning to be out in the sun, protect your eyes with a combination of quality sunglasses, UV-blocking contact lenses, and a wide-brimmed hat.”

Berry Boost. According to an article by WebMD, mixed berries are a great source of fiber and antioxidants during the spring and summer seasons. In addition, fiber from berries “helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.” Eating natural fruits and vegetables will overall improve your metabolism, digestive health, and immune system, making your summer adventures easier to handle.

Exercise Regularly. If you don’t normally exercise on a regular basis, start with a walk in the evenings every day. Once you’ve established a routine, consider taking trips to the gym over lunch or after work. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your energy levels will rise in just 2 months of regular exercise! Also, if you can’t find time to exercise with little ones to take care of, the YMCA offers Child Watch services for parents or guardians of young children. While you work out in the gym, YMCA child care staff will watch your children for you for up to two hours free of charge!  (Click on the links below for more info!)

With summer only 60 days away, keeping your health in good shape can help you endure the physical activity, longer days, and hot sun that come with the new season. These tips are merely stepping stones. It takes ongoing dedication to exercise, eat proper nutrients, and sleep well in order to make a long-term impact on your health.

But the healthy choice can start today! 60 days may seem like a short time away, but a lot can happen in 2 months. By taking control of your health and well-being today, you could find the summer of 2016 to be your healthiest yet!

Emily Sanville, Digital Communications Coordinator

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