It might have come later than expected but at last the British summer has arrived bringing with it those scorching 30-degree days and balmy evenings we’ve craved for the most part of this rainy year.
And while we’re grateful for the warm rays and the blue skies, us Brits are still not accustomed to dealing with the high heat of summer and carrying on with our usual daily activities. So, this month, I wanted to share with you my 5 top tips for coping in warm weather and how to keep cool and carry on this August.
- Cool off & stay hydrated
Top of the list and most important is to stay hydrated! We naturally sweat more in the heat which means we need to drink more to keep our bodies hydrated. Hydration can aid concentration, energy levels, more accurate hunger signals as well as keeping our body functioning the way it should!
Need a bit more of an energy boost? Try the FAB energy drinks – FAB stands for Forever Active Boost. FABX is the one with no Calories, Carbs or Sugars. These delicious drinks give you a natural boost in energy as well as containing vitamins B6 and B12 which contribute to the reduction in tiredness and fatigue. After exertion, FAB would be better as it contains the glucose needed for recovery. Pop these in the fridge for a refreshing energy boost that you can grab and go!
- Take regular breaks
When it’s hot, we’d all rather be lounging by the pool or taking a dip in the sea but realistically a lot of us still have to carry on with our day-to-day lives, and for some of us that means working.
Heat can make us lose focus more easily (especially if you can hear your neighbours splashing around in a paddling pool), or can even make tensions rise, so the best thing I can recommend is to take regular breaks and introduce a bit of mindfulness into your day. I find it makes life a little more manageable and stops you getting all hot and bothered by the daily frustrations.
My favourite way to practice mindfulness is through breathing exercises like Square Breathing (inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4, exhale for 4, hold for 4, repeat), when you clear your mind of those constant thoughts. Believe me, if you are doing it correctly your mind has to concentrate on the counting. I recommend Mindful Movement for assisting these quiet mindful moments, or with some peaceful melodic music; my favourite is Living with Harmony. Meta and Alistair have created some beautiful videos accompanied by the harp and guitar mostly. They provide music therapy for Homes, and my husband David will listen while doing his creative colouring. Not only does this help you stay more productive throughout the day, it also helps to keep a cool head – in more ways than one!
- Switch up your exercise routine
I love to stay active but I’m not a fan of sweating profusely under the beating heat of the midday sun, so my solution is to get my daily exercise in either early in the morning or later in the evening. It’s great to make use of the longer daylight hours and means I can still stay active over summer and keep my body as strong as possible.
Another thing you could do is switch up the type of exercise you’re doing to make it less strenuous. I’ve had my eye on an e-Bike from Cycle Sphere in Bordon for some time now and it would make a great alternative to overheating whilst pedaling up a hill. Or why not combine the two and go for a leisurely e-cycle in the evening for a nice gentle way to stay active this summer! This is also my preferred exercise as I recover from the very imminent hip replacement.
- Nourish your body with tasty treats
Nothing beats a sweet icy treat on a hot summer’s day – except for one that is as nutritionally beneficial as it is delicious! Why not try this recipe for a Chocolate Banana Nice Cream that’s packed with protein and tastes amazing?
1 frozen banana
1 scoop of Forever Lite Ultra in Chocolate
2-3 tbsp of milk of your choice
You can pop it back in the freezer to harden up and enjoy a naturally dairy free Nice Cream that’s packed full of vitamins and protein and tastes great!! Increase the chocolateyness (is that actually a word?!) with a generous spoonful of Nutella or something similar.
Fancy something fruity? Switch out the Chocolate Forever Lite Ultra for the Vanilla flavour and add any additional fruit, like strawberries for a Strawberries & Cream flavour, or add pineapple and coconut milk for a Pina Colada nice cream! YUM!
Be creative and please let me know your recipes.
- Stay sun safe
I personally prefer the shade to the sun but if you are looking to pick up a healthy glow this summer, make sure you stay sun safe by protecting your skin with a sun cream. Forever Living’s sunscreen is formulated to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays while hydrating your skin with Aloe extract.
Enjoyed the sun too much? Check out the soothing Aloe Vera Gelly from Forever – using the highest quality of aloe, the gelly sinks into your skin offering a cooling hydration to hot frazzled skin.