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20+ Ways to Get (and Stay) Healthy This Summer

happy woman with outstretched arms standing in field enjoying summer sunshineIt’s almost SUMMER! After months of cold temperatures, snow that never seemed to stop falling, and all the shoveling (and fun!) that comes with Wisconsin winters, it’s almost time for the end of school, campfires, sunshine, swimming, and all our favorite summer activities.

Summer is also a time when routines tend to go out the window—and so do the winter jackets and cold weather gear. We all want to look and feel our best so we can enjoy our favorite summer activities. Being healthy is a head to toe endeavor (remember that preschool song about the knee bone being connected to the hip bone?); research backs this up, as detailed in this article about how dental health affects the overall health of our body.

We’ve compiled a list of head-to-toe ways to get (and keep) your body healthy so you can enjoy all your favorite summer activities. Remember that you have a better chance of sticking to your health goal if you involve friends and family, so grab a friend or family member and start making plans (together) to get ready for the summer sunshine!

  1. Go swimming
  2. Schedule an annual doctor exam
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Take a yoga class
  5. Make an exercise pact with a buddy
  6. Maintain regular bed times
  7. Start regularly riding bikes with friends or family
  8. Go hiking
  9. Make an appointment to get your teeth cleaned
  10. Take a dog for a walk (or ask at a local shelter if they need dog walkers!)
  11. Plan healthy meals
  12. Go kayaking or canoeing
  13. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  14. Sign up for sports league (or get a group of friends together into a team)
  15. Drink water to stay hydrated
  16. Use sunscreen (even when it’s not hot out)
  17. Jump rope
  18. Join a workout group
  19. Get together for a weekly basketball (or your sport of choice) game with friends
  20. Follow a home workout plan
  21. Cut down on soda (or other sugary drink)
  22. Take the stairs more often (instead of the elevator)
  23. Bike to work (if possible)