Five great tips for Summer

“Five tips to kick start summer.”

With summer just around the corner and the temperature already heating up, a little preparation now will set you and your family up for a great summer. Try these 5 great tips for a super summer....

SIP ON THIS Strawberries are in season now, so stock up at your local farmers’ market. At home, blend together four large strawberries with half a banana and 1½ cups of sparkling mineral water for a sweet soda that’s just 38 calories.

TREAT YOUR FEET Summer is notoriously tough on feet. Treat yours right with some TLC. In the shower, buff away calluses with a foot file or pumice stone. While your feet are still damp, massage them using a thick hand cream. Show them off with a pretty coral pink toenail polish.

GO UNDERCOVER Summer fashions leave more of your skin exposed to the sun’s harsh rays. Apply sunscreen liberally – at least a teaspoon for each limb, front and back of the body and half a teaspoon for the face, neck and ears. Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product.

For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:

  1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  2. Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  3. Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

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START CRUNCHING The garden isn’t the only place for seeds. Your pantry could use some of these crunchy, nutrient-packed powerhouses, too. That’s because they contain many of the same heart-health benefit such as nuts like walnuts or almonds. Stock up on a variety of dried, roasted, or toasted seeds, such as pumpkin, sesame, chia, flax, and sunflower. Sprinkle them into baked goods, sauces, and smoothies, use them to top grilled fish or chicken, or toss them with salads.

BACK IT UP Get more out of your daily walks by challenging your legs to move in a different direction—literally. Every so often, turn around and walk backward. Start with a few steps and work your way up to a minute at a time. The switch engages different muscles to help improve balance and strengthen your core.