Maintaining your health leads to a better quality of life. There are certain summer activities that are particularly effective – and fun too. Rather than spending the summer days inactive, make the most of the weather by engaging in activities that will not only make you healthier and stronger, but can help keep health costs down. Look over some of the most effective ways to enjoy healthy living this summer:
Swimming. Any exercise is good, but swimming is particularly effective as it uses a wide range of muscle groups, and is appropriate for all ages. Swimming increases your flexibility and is the perfect exercise for those who are overweight and have trouble with aerobic exercise. One hour of swimming burns about 500 calories, so enjoy some swim-time this summer for better health.
Change your eating habits. If you don’t enjoy vegetables or fruits, summer is the optimum time to change your diet, as the produce is usually local, rather than imported, and has a better flavor.
Walking. Taking a walk is an enjoyable way to exercise during the summer. Make it a habit to walk every day, either in the morning or in the early evening after the heat of the day has diminished. It will increase your stamina, trim your waistline, improve balance, as well as act as a preventative against heart disease. Walk with a friend, your family, or your pet, and enjoy the outdoors.
Stay hydrated. The American Heart Association reports that getting enough to drink is critical for heart health. Drinking water is a healthy habit. Get a water bottle and keep it filled and ready to go. During the hot summer months, it is particularly important that you stay hydrated – make drinking water a summer habit.
Bicycling. Riding a bike is great aerobic exercise. Even a pleasant ride around your local neighborhood can make a difference. Remember to wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road, and to stay alert when vehicles are nearby.
Healthy living involves staying active. It also means having regular physicals, and following doctor’s orders. The right health insurance plan can make a significant difference in your overall health. A yearly physical and any testing your doctor recommends makes it possible to catch any health condition early – which can be life-saving. Preventative care is one of the easiest ways you can reduce the costs of health care.
At The Harrin Group in San Antonio, Texas, we are available to help you choose a plan that fits your budget. One of our friendly local agents can help you decide on a health insurance plan that works for you and your family, both in price and services. If you want to reduce the cost of your health insurance, we can review your current plan and show you more affordable options.
Call us to set an appointment – and have a wonderful summer.
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Source: The American Heart Association