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Hydrate before you swizzle

For many people summer means drinking rum swizzle. Betty Doyling recommends you hydrate with water first

My summer officially started this weekend.

First up was a bridal cooking class that was held outside; the heat and humidity continued while watching the sailing.

I’m excited about the multitude of activities this summer with all of the beach days, boating outings and friends and family gatherings.

To stay healthy and make the most of this amazing season, check out my tips below:

Hydrate with water

Summer means swizzle for a lot of people. But before the swizzle definitely begin with water. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty either.

By the time you recognise your thirst, you are heading directly towards dehydration. Water also helps to maintain body temperature – which is imperative during our humidity.

If you are wondering if you are dehydrated, check the colour of your urine. Your urine should be pale yellow.

If it becomes dark yellow with an odour, you definitely may need to drink more water.

Grab your sporty shades

Stop squinting in the sunlight and start looking fly – put on a pair of sunglasses! It can benefit your eyes by protecting them from ultraviolet A and B rays and sun damage. It will also assist in helping keep the crow’s feet away.

Capture the sun, but early in the day

A little sun exposure is a fabulous way to get vitamin D, and it’s a natural mood enhancer.

Try to get the most of your sun exposure before 10am and after 3pm when the UV rays are at their lowest.

No matter what time you go out however, make sure to wear sunblock with an SPF of at least 15 – especially if you are in the sun for longer periods of time. Don’t forget to reapply every hour.

Take it light

It can be quite tempting to indulge on cocktails when lounging or hanging in the sun.

However it’s best to avoid excessive drinking. Alcohol can cause dehydration because it acts as a diuretic, causing increased urination and sweating.

Once you are intoxicated, you could lose track of the time you’re out in the sun, increasing your risk of sun damage or sunburn.

Enjoy the rainbow

Summer may be traditionally about peas and rice, potato salad, fried fish and other tasty items however it should also be filled with plenty of fresh fruit and colourful vegetables.

Explore the rainbow! Try the Bermuda strawberries, watermelon, cherries, and more.

These type of foods will keep you feeling strong and healthy and should help you live longer too. So along with that cassava pie, make sure you also add a lot of the rainbow.

Get your rest

I have been trying improve my sleep habits by getting in bed by 10pm. Strive for a minimum of seven hours every night.

Try to resist the urge to stay up later during the longer days of summer. Buy blackout drapes, if necessary, and start your sleeping routine 30 minutes prior to bedtime.

This will ensure that you make it on time. Getting adequate rest is important for your health, metabolism and mood. Try to be consistent daily with your sleep patterns.

Have a fabulous summer and B-Active For Life.

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Look for B. ActiveForLife on Facebook

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Published May 18, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated May 18, 2022 at 7:51 am)

Hydrate before you swizzle

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