Health Tip: Enjoy an Active Summer

(HealthDay News) -- This summer, take advantage of the warm weather to get active, fit and healthy.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers these fun suggestions:

  • Opt for some fun in the water, including swimming and diving.
  • When the weather doesn't cooperate, play a fitness video or work out indoors.
  • Plant a small garden. Use the fruits of your labor to eat plenty of produce all summer.
  • Opt for plenty of nutritious foods, including whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
  • Get the whole family active. Go for a hike, an after-dinner walk or play a neighborhood softball game.
  • Engage in strengthening exercises (such as push-ups) at least twice weekly.
  • Drink enough fluids before, during and after exercise, particularly when the weather gets hot. Exercise in the early morning hours when high temperatures are forecast.

-- Diana Kohnle

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