Practicing good health is as easy as a walk in the park!

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Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your health goals have fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.

  • Spend time with Mother Nature.

Take advantage of the warmer temperatures and reap the physical and mental health benefits of spending time with nature. You don’t have to travel far to a hiking trail or the distant woods (although go for it if that’s your thing); nature is right here in our own backyard. Take a walk in a nearby Lakewood park or spend an hour in your backyard garden, it can deliver the health benefits of communing with nature.

  • Make more healthful meals at home.

Eating out too much isn’t good for your health and it’s a lot more fun to have a backyard barbeque or pack a picnic lunch in the summer anyway. It’s easier to control your nutritional choices because you’re selecting what you’re preparing. Put dinner out on the back-burner for a special occasion.

  • Learn to love water.

Hydration is essential to a healthier life and summer heat can make it hard to stay hydrated, especially if you’re not a fan of water. Rather than opting for sugary drinks or caffeinated soda, flavor your water with a classic lemon or lime wedge, or a unique mixture of strawberry and basil.

  • Start hanging out at the Farmer’s Market.

Lakewood has its very own farmers market, held every Saturday at Lakewood Center. Now there’s no excuses for not eating fresh, organic, seasonal produce this summer. A trip to the farmer’s market also means some extra exercise as you walk the open-air aisles. There’s plenty of variety, and your backyard barbeque will be a hit with all the tasty selections.

  • Make time to nap.

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night. Napping for even just 20 minutes can help you feel more rested throughout the day. And few experiences are more relaxing and restorative than a nap in the shade on a summer afternoon.

  • Laugh it up!

It’s summer! Enjoy it with family, friends and lots of laughter. Laughing benefits your physical and mental health, increasing the oxygen intake and endorphins in your brain. It’s also a great stress reliever, so learn a new joke, find a funny meme, or attend a comedy show.