I don’t know about you, but every summer I have the impression that if I blink my eyes, summer will be gone! Don’t you love waking up to natural light rather than the darkness of winter? The smell of burning wood and marshmallows instead of the smell of the furnace after being switch off for the past two months.
But sunny skies and rising temperatures do more than make our environment a pleasant place. They also provide some very significant benefits to our health.
Here are some interesting facts as per the “Huffington Post Healthy Living” that will show you how this beautiful season can be so beneficial in many ways:
1. Its Vacation Season: There are no rules saying that you have to take holidays specifically in summer! But, with school out and the beautiful weather, many of us will choose this season to take some time off. Doing so, may be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Vacation eases stress and improve mood, even if you eventually need to go back to “real” life. They also seem to protect us from heart disease and heat attacks. For many of us, a little time away from the everyday routine, is just the ideal way to bring some added perspective to our lives and refocus on our goals.
2. Your heart stays healthier: Heart problems! In 2012, researchers noted a significant difference in heart attack survival rates during the winter and summer. People are 26 to 36 percent more likely to die in winter from a heart attack, a stroke, heart failure or some other circulatory disease. That doesn’t mean you can take a break from regular exercise or your nutritious diet. It’s more likely that you’ve gone full steam ahead on your healthiest habits in the summer, giving your heart added protection.
3. Fruits Abounds: Summer wouldn’t be complete without heaping helping of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon. The list of “in season fruits” goes on and on. The best news is these summer picks are as nutritious as they are delicious. Are all loaded with antioxidants and vitamins (and flavors!), for very few calories. Blueberries have been linked to lower cholesterol and diabetes risk, raspberries and blackberries are excellent source of fiber, cherries seem to speed recovery after exercise and curb pain and strawberries may slow cognitive decline with aging. Not to mention fruit is full of water, helping you to stay hydrated on those hot sweaty days.
4. Swimming: There aren’t too many opportunities to take an outdoor swim during the other three seasons, and we plan to take full advantage. Swimming uses all the muscle groups with minimal impact and improves strength, since the water provides natural resistance. People with joint pain or arthritis can often participate in water-based exercise more easily and without worsening symptoms. According to a study published in the International Journal of Aquatic Research of Education, swimmers even have a lower risk of death than runners and walkers.
5. You’re sure to get a good sweat: Let’s face it, summer is hot. Sometimes, it’s even too hot. But when conditions are safe enough for outdoor exercise without risking heat-related illness, one thing’s certain…you’re most definitely going to sweat. That might sound more unpleasant than anything, but truth is a good sweat can be good for you. While it doesn’t’ exactly detox you, sweating really can help fight infections, since sweat seems to help keep skin clear of bacteria and fungi. Sweating also gives circulation a boost and opens up the pores, which could help your face stay acne-free.
Now for some for fun facts about summer
1. Frisbees and summer:
Frisbees in the past were actually greased pie plates, which people began to throw to each other in parks during summer.
2. The dog days of summer:
This is a common phrase that is used to refer to the hot sunny days of summer which would be the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th.
3. Ice creams and summer:
Did you know summer that summer is the time during which the most number of ice creams are sold?
Summer’s pest, have been around for more than 30 million years. So yeah, we are not getting rid of them any time soon!
5. The first bathing suit for women was created in the 1800s. It was long sleeved…
These are just few reasons to embrace the summer season like no other. In a couple of months we will be back under layers of cloths, barely seeing the sun and praying for summer to come back.
So my advice to you… ENJOY IT NOW!!!