With Summer comes lazy days in the sun, ice cream in the shade, and barbecues at the beach. Summer is a wonderful, magical time of year that inspires visions of lounging and leisure. But, Summer also provides an amazing opportunity to get a headstart on a new, healthy lifestyle! With a little extra time off comes the chance to really consider how you can improve your habits. Luckily, ClassTracker is here with five, easy tips for creating a new, improved you!
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1. Drink More Water
This one seems fairly simple, I know. But chances are that instead of drinking water, you’re reaching for a coffee, soda, or juice. Drinking plenty of water can improve your complexion, help you lose weight (if that’s your goal), can flush out toxins, and can help maintain a strong immune system. Really, drinking water is incredibly important. If you need a little help remembering to drink water consistently, you may want to consider a tech inspired water bottle such as the My Hydrate , a bottle that tracks your intake and reminds you when you’re due for another drink. If you just don’t like the taste of water, bottles with built in infusers are a great way to go. The Infusion Pro and the AquaFrut are both amazing options.
2. Get Enough Sleep
You really need to be getting more sleep. Trust me on this. Whether you’re a teenager or a twenty-something, you should be getting at the very least 7 hours of a sleep every night. And not any old kind of sleep, you need to be getting quality sleep. Deep sleep is as vital to your health as water and food. Something that’s probably preventing you from getting a good night’s rest is your laptop and/or cell phone. The blue light from your screens is scientifically proven to disrupt your sleep pattern and even prevent you from getting to sleep. Apps like CF.lumen and Twilight put a red filter over your phone or laptop screen at night and help you get to sleep quickly. Setting time aside an hour before bedtime to just read or listen to music, instead of scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, is another way to unwind and get your brain ready for sleep.
Exercise, whether it’s for muscle gain, weight loss, or to improve your metabolism, is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remembering to actually exercise, though, is tricky with a busy school schedule. And let’s not even talk about gym fees or the cost of yoga classes. Luckily, much like everything else, there are apps to help keep you on track. Couch to 5K Running App acts like a personal trainer and, much like its name, can take you from the couch to a 5K. Sworkit allows you to create customized routines, down to the amount of time you want to exercise and what muscle groups you want to work. Qinetic is a service that live streams classes, from yoga to medicine ball workouts, Qinetic is sure to get you in shape.
Meditation and mindfulness are scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve concentration, enhance problem solving skills, benefit your immune system, and even, ultimately, increase your overall happiness. It isn’t a cure all but with benefits like these, how can you not give meditation a try. Apps like Buddhify, Calm, and Headspace all offer programs for guided meditation and mindfulness. A personal favorite is Buddhify, which offers mindfulness practices that align with specific activities. Use it in the car, on the train, while you’re eating...you name it!
5. Eat a Balanced Diet
Eating well seems deceptively easy. But, in a world where Grubhub, Foodler, and Skip the Dishes exist, it’s tough to prioritize grocery shopping and meal planning. Using the meal planning tools on Choose My Plate can help you strategically plan meals in advance, based on your BMI, age, and more. Plan to Eat is another excellent resource for planning meals and menus.
Now that you have your top five tips, how do you make sure you follow through? Using a planner to keep track of your healthy habits or an app such as the habit improving app Habitbull can help you stay accountable and on track.
Take this summer to really take care of yourselves, Class Trackers! Academic success is dependent on personal health and happiness, not just studying!