The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means we’ll all be busy celebrating with fattening snacks, barbecues, and sugary drinks. But just because it’s an extra day out of the office, doesn’t mean it’s a free pass to throw your healthy habits out the window. Make sure you stay healthy this Fourth of July weekend by following these tips and still have a good time––trust us, it’s possible.
Ways to Stay Healthy this Fourth of July
Kick off your holiday with some exercise
Start your celebrations by participating in a Fourth of July run or walk. Register for a race, like the Firecracker 5k in Shreveport, or organize your own to get your holiday started the healthy way! If you don’t want to run, just get out there and walk the course. There’s nothing better than a little morning cardio, except for maybe a hot dog when you’re done.
Be sure to stretch it out afterward, so you don’t experience any back pain during the rest of your holiday festivities.
For some reason, those good ole American beers taste even better on the Fourth of July, so go ahead and crack a cold one. But remember you’ll be out in the hot summer sun, so be sure to drink enough water too. Don’t get too dehydrated and wake up in the morning with a massive headache. There’s nothing worse than not feeling rested and refreshed after a long holiday weekend.
Put a healthy twist on your patriotic dish
Hot dogs and hamburgers are staples at a Fourth of July cookout along with their potato chip sidekicks. But consider bringing a healthier side option to the celebration this year like a fruit tart or colorful salad. In fact, the healthiest foods are often the most colorful foods, so bring some red, white, and blue in a dish to your cookout this year.
Remember that moderation is key
Why is it so much easier to reach for that extra cookie or pour yourself one more glass on a holiday? This year make sure you eat, drink, and celebrate in moderation. And yes, this includes sleep. Did you know that naps are good for your body? Schedule enough time for you to rest up between your holiday plans, so you don’t wear your body out.
Enjoy your Fourth of July parade, cookout, and fireworks––just stay healthy while you do it! You can thank us Wednesday morning.