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10 Ways to Stay Healthy as the Weather Changes

Keep your body in peak condition and your productivity high
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With the recent shift of seasons, you may be looking forward to warmer temperatures ahead. Yet, there’s a less eagerly awaited aspect: the body’s adjustment to spring. This period often ushers in discomforts like allergies and cold-like symptoms, which can be a hindrance, especially for those in leadership roles who can’t afford to take much time off.

Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to enhance your health and well-being amidst these seasonal shifts. Discover ten simple tips for staying healthy during changing weather patterns.

1. Stay Hydrated

Maintaining adequate hydration is crucial for health, especially when temperatures climb and the risk of overheating increases. According to the National Council on Aging, dehydration can negatively impact brain performance, digestion, energy levels, weight management, heart health, and much more. Therefore, it’s essential to consume sufficient water and electrolyte-rich beverages to prevent dehydration in warmer weather.

2. Plan Meals in Advance

From rooftop events to outdoor sporting activities, our calendars tend to fill up as the temperatures rise. Yet, amidst this seasonal hustle, it’s vital not to sideline your nutritional needs. Sidestep the lure of convenient but unhealthy snacks by mapping out your meals in advance. Opt for refreshing, nutrient-rich foods like seasonal fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to stay energized in the heat.

3. Incorporate Outdoor Exercise

The Mayo Clinic notes that fluctuations in weather can affect your body temperature, potentially increasing your vulnerability to seasonal illnesses. This presents an ideal opportunity to swap the crowded gym for the rejuvenating outdoors.

Take advantage of the milder climate by partaking in outdoor exercises like hiking, swimming, or tennis. If your schedule is tight, try biking to work or parking at a distance to boost your daily step count.

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4. Take Walking Meetings

Elevate your daily step count and give your immune system a Harvard Health-endorsed boost by embracing the dynamic concept of walking meetings. Grab your AirPods and transform your next Zoom call into a mobile meeting, merging productivity with the invigorating benefits of movement.

5. Embrace Nature

Studies have found that nature exposure produces a positive effect on immunological health parameters, including anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-asthmatic effects, and increased NK (natural killer) cell activity. Now that the weather’s warmer, start spending more time in nature to enjoy these immune-boosting benefits, while also reducing stress and enhancing energy. Activities like forest bathing, picnics, or walking in a nearby park can deliver profound benefits to your well-being, making it a great investment of your time.

6. Utilize Technology Wisely

Use apps and tools to minimize distractions from your phone during work hours, ensuring peak productivity. Apply this focused mindset to your leisure hours too, such as when enjoying outdoor exercise.

After all, what are you going to get the greatest ROI on your time from — scrolling social media on the couch, or going for a walk with a friend or family member?

7. Practice Sun Safety

Always prioritize sun protection when stepping outdoors. Minimize direct sunlight, wear protective attire, and frequently reapply sunscreen to avert sunburn and skin damage.

Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days or extended time outdoors. The American Academy of Dermatology advises daily sunscreen application on all skin not shielded by clothes, irrespective of the climate, sunlight intensity, temperature, and so on.

8. Invest in Self-Care

To truly savor the season, self-care must be a priority. Despite the allure of constant activity and accomplishment, recognize that mindfulness and periods of tranquility are equally valuable. Seek out a serene space and indulge in consistent wellness routines such as journaling, meditation, or yoga to nurture your well-being.

9. Engage in Social Activities

Did you know that engaging in social activities can improve your physical health (via the Centers for Disease Control)? With the arrival of warmer weather, seize the sunny days as a perfect reason to gather friends and family for open-air gatherings, picnics, hikes, or bike rides.

10. Prioritize sleep

Lastly, make sure you wake up refreshed every day this spring, by adopting a bedtime routine that promotes quality sleep. Go to bed early enough that you can get your recommended seven hours minimum per night. Have trouble falling asleep? Consider a pre-bedtime meditation or yoga practice.

The Bottom Line

Seasonal transitions can often leave you feeling subpar, with fluctuating temperatures increasing your susceptibility to illness. To ensure your body remains in peak condition and your productivity stays high, it’s essential to incorporate warm-weather wellness routines into your demanding schedule. The strategies we’ve discussed, from staying hydrated to taking your meetings outdoors, are tailored to improve your well-being without sacrificing your executive efficiency.

To delve deeper into optimizing your health, schedule a discovery call with an Arootah Health Coach today!

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