Ways to stay healthy this summer


Shaniyah Taylor, Student Writer

School concludes in two weeks, so that means summer is near. What better way to start off the summer with a healthy body.

When I say “healthy body,” I’m referring to exercising, good nutrition, and making the right arrangements for your health. You don’t have to be a specific size in order to be healthy. Health falls into what you eat, what you drink, and how you live. A healthy body can mean many things, depending on what you want to focus on to reach that path. For example, you can want to focus on your mental health, physical health, or your social wellness.

The benefits of gaining a healthy body in the summer are being capable of being more active, feeling better mentally, having more energy, having fewer health problems, weight loss, and strong bones, muscles, and teeth. The most important key to having a healthy body is to be consistent. Consistency can be hard to maintain. You start to get cravings,  moody, stressed, and many more drawbacks. If you start now before summer, it’ll be easier for you to be consistent and easier for you to stay away from unhealthy foods and drinks. You have to learn to put that aside to get that healthy body you want.  I believe anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it. Now I’m going to talk about the five ways you can stay healthy this summer.


I know it’s easier said than done, but this is a big start to being healthy. Your physical health plays a big part in your mental health as well. It is a known fact that if you have physical health problems, it can increase the risk of you getting mental health problems like anxiety or depression. Exercising reduces mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Itt, also improves your self-esteem. You can start off with a 5-10 minute workout and work your way up. It’ll give you more energy and make you feel like you’re ready for more. Always remember when exercising to go at your own pace. Only do what you can handle for you to have a successful outcome.

Drink Water

Drinking plenty of water is an important way of getting a healthy body. Our body needs water in order to grow or function properly. Water maintains our health, keeps our bloodstream flowing, and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Drinking water also prevents dehydration, mood changes, and overheating of your body and overall keeps it at a normal temperature. It has many improvements also. For example, helps with weight loss, gets rid of toxins, helps with skin, and increases energy. To be consistent in drinking water you must: set reminders of when you need to drink water, drink one glass of water after your meal, drink after every bathroom use, use an app to track the number of cups you take, or keep a gallon nearby. Water can also help with cravings. Every time you get hungry, get a sweet tooth, or get thirsty drink water, then over time, you’ll become used to it every time those things happen.

Avoid Outside Foods

Food from outside can be very tempting to buy. Especially when you’re out and crave it as soon as you see it. This all falls into self-control. You have to control yourself from the temptation by learning to say no. You also have to learn to ask yourself questions when you get a craving for foods you don’t need. For example, Do I need this right now? Is it worth it?. Of course, sometimes you can treat yourself to the foods you’ve been craving, but don’t overindulge because once you do, it’s going to make it harder for you to resist.

Protect Yourself From The Sun

Everyone’s favorite part about summertime is the sun and heat, but did you know too much sun exposure, can damage your skin and vision? It’s very mandatory to wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen to your body to prevent any damage. If you’re ever outside without sunscreen, get out of the sun, take a cold shower and apply aloe vera to your body to prevent any burns or red marks on your skin. Also, if your eyes are exposed to the sun without sunglasses, put a cap on, get out of the sun, take pain relievers, apply a cool compress to your eyes and use a moisturizer.