While we’ve been in the thick of the summer heat since the official start to summer, some of the hottest days of the year are still upon us. And, as the days continue to warm up, it’s a great opportunity to step back and set an intention for the hot months ahead with some new hot weather wellness hacks. And if you’re anything like us, and one of your intentions this summer is either maintaining or supercharging your health, then these hot weather hacks are for you!
13 Summer Wellness Hacks
Pick and choose which one of these tips resonates the most with you. Then, create a follow-through plan. (Drink one extra glass of water per day, research new workout activities, etc.) Ready, set, bring on the hot weather!
#1 Support Mental Wellness
Supporting your mental health can hugely (and positively!) impact your physical health, which is why it’s an essential part of any summer routine. Start playing around with different mentally relaxing activities, like meditation and deep breathing. Browse the FitOn meditation category for free meditations that you can incorporate into your self-care routine.
#2 Plan Out Your Travels For Success
We all want to both enjoy our vacation AND come back feeling accomplished and confident. So set your travels up for healthy success! Plan out where you’ll do your workouts, book in a massage treatment, or pack some whole food-based snacks. These 13 Simple Tips to Stay on Track When Traveling are here to help!
#3 Be Mindful of Alcohol Consumption
Yep, alcohol and the hot sun don’t mix well. Too much alcohol, especially when it’s warmer outside, can easily lead to dehydration. You can find tips on keeping your drinks healthy here. Drink lots of water, too!
#4 Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market to Eat Seasonally & Locally!
Summertime farmer’s markets are great ways to load up on fresh fruits and veggies, all while supporting local. It’s the perfect Saturday morning activity and a great way to try new foods and add seasonal variety to your diet!
#5 Stay on Top of Hydration
One of the most important hot weather hacks: hydrate! The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. (For instance, if you weigh 150lbs, go for roughly 75 ounces of water per day.) The more time you spend outside when it’s super hot, the more water you’ll need to drink. If you can, go for some H20 every hour and eat lots of water-rich foods. Think watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe, and tomatoes!
#6 Get Your Outdoor Walk in Early or Late in The Day to Avoid The Heat as Much as Possible
Take care of your body by only doing intense activity indoors and going for walks when the sun is at its lowest. Plus, sunrise/sunset strolls are the best!
#7 Take an Indoor Workout Class
Add variety and make your workouts something you look forward to this summer! You can try an indoor class, like yoga, Pilates, or kickboxing in the comfort of your own home with the air conditioning cranked!
#8 Swap Out One Caffeinated Beverage For a DIY Electrolyte Drink
Instead of reaching for that third cup of coffee, take 5 minutes to make your own hydrating electrolyte drink. It’ll be perfectly refreshing for the hot summer months. Try this DIY Refreshing Lime Electrolyte Drink.
#9 Apply Extra Sunscreen
Apply sunscreen after your daily skin washing and re-apply for every extra couple of hours in the sun. It’s always good to show your skin a little extra love, especially when it’s crazy hot and there’s a higher risk of burning.
#10 Pick up a New Summer Hobby
Gardening, camping, paddleboard yoga, and nature journaling are all wonderful hobbies to pick up this summer. Go for whatever floats your healthy boat!
#11 Load up Your Smoothies
Okay, but is there anything better than a cold fruit smoothie when it’s hot? They’re such a great way to re-energize your body and so easy to make! Feel free to optimize your smoothie to the max with nut butter, protein powder, or chia seeds to keep you full for longer.
Here’s a delicious FitOn PRO smoothie to try this summer.
Power Protein Smoothie
- 1 serving protein powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ½ tsp stevia granules (optional)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen berries (optional)
- ½ cup almond milk, or milk of choice
- ½ cup ice cubes
- ½ cup filtered water
- ¼ sliced banana, shredded coconut, and granola to serve
Step #1: Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until combined.
Step #2: Pour the smoothie into a glass or bowl and top with desiccated coconut, sliced banana, homemade granola for the crunch factor.
#12 Do a Digital Detox
Summer wellness hacks 101: make use of the sunshine when it’s not too hot! Why scroll Instagram when you could learn to paint a scenic view or do a fun outdoor workout? To promote more adventure and living in the present moment, delete your social media apps for a week and see what changes in your life. It’s crazy how much time we spend on our phones without realizing it.
#13 Make Some Nice Cream
Ice cream during the summer is a must. Take it to the next healthy level by whipping a batch of nice cream for dessert instead! Nice cream is a refined sugar-free, dairy-free ice cream made by mixing together different fruits in a high-speed blender.
Keep the Healthy Summer Vibes Alive
Summer is one of the easiest seasons to stay healthy since it’s when a lot of us are the most active. Take advantage of the warmest time of the year by using some of these summer wellness hacks to refresh and recharge!