9 Ways to Prep Now for Summer

Happy almost-summer, superheroes! This season is practically guaranteed to be fun no matter what you end up doing- but don’t you want it to be incredible? Here are 9 things you can do now to take your summer from OK to super.

1. Wear sunscreen every day.

You should be wearing sunscreen every day of the year, but it’s especially important in the summer when the sun’s rays are stronger than ever. Get a head start by applying sunscreen every morning, using at least SPF 30 on your face and any exposed skin. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day! Do this even if it’s cloudy or you’re staying inside – the sun’s rays are harsh enough to cut through clouds and windows. You don’t want to end up leathery and wrinkled, do you?

2. Drink tons of water.

Dehydration wreaks havoc on your body, and it’s far more likely to affect you when it’s 90+ degrees outside. Stay hydrated by getting into the habit of carrying around a thermos full of cool water. And make a point of finishing it at least once a day. You can even set a timer to make sure you do it! Be particularly diligent when you’re drinking alcohol, which on top of the sun and heat will further dehydrate you – especially if you’re outside. Getting buzzed on the beach is fun in the moment, but your body won’t thank you in the morning.

3. Hit the gym.

Love it or hate it, summer means swimsuit season, and feeling comfortable in your body will help you enjoy the beach. Plus, summer is rife with unhealthy fried foods and sugary cocktails. Hitting the gym now will start you off in good shape – and make you more likely to go when all you want to do is take refuge from the heat.

4. Plan a vacation.

Business slows down in the summer in most industries, so take advantage! Planning a vacation now will keep costs down and make it more likely you can leave on the dates you want. Plus, the act of planning a vacation has been shown to make you happier. Can’t get away for a full week? Shoot for a 3-day weekend.

5. Get some books.

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. What better way is there to while away a few relaxing hours at the park on a gorgeous day? Start compiling your summer reading list now – we’ve got some recommendations here.

6. Look up events at home.

Most towns and cities have a bunch of outdoor events going on every summer. Even better, many of them are free! But you can’t go to these events if you don’t know about them, especially if they require tickets or RSVPs. Look up what’s going on this summer and mark your favorites in your calendar. That way, you’ll be less likely to stay at home watching TV, while your friends are having fun at the local fair.

7. Get a head-start on maintenance.

On the first really hot day of the year, all you want to do is grill up some burgers and jump into your backyard pool. But they’ve been unused for months, so make sure you prep before using them! Do any necessary pool maintenance now and clean up your backyard, checking up on your grill while you’re at it. Don’t forget your car, either! A summer road trip is the worst time to find out that your AC is broken.

8. Dust off your camera.

You’ve planned out all your events, but how are you going to remember them? Prep for capturing your summer memories by dusting off your camera. Smartphones are great for quick snaps, but they tend not to be as powerful as a standalone camera to really capture that amazing view. You should also back up your hard drive regularly – you don’t want to lose all those photos now, do you?

9. Relax.

You’ve planned ahead and prepped your pool. Now, remember to relax! Many of us are so excited by summer that we plan so much for the first few weeks, then get really burned out. As fun as summer is, the weather can be harsh on your mind and body. So once you’ve planned out your summer, take it easy. Relax and be flexible when your plans inevitably change. Try taking up some yoga or meditation to get yourself in that summery mindset.

Think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

Happy almost-summer, superheroes! This season is practically guaranteed to be fun no matter what you end up doing- but don’t you want it to be incredible? Here are 9 things you can do now to take your summer from OK to super.

1. Wear sunscreen every day.

You should be wearing sunscreen every day of the year, but it’s especially important in the summer when the sun’s rays are stronger than ever. Get a head start by applying sunscreen every morning, using at least SPF 30 on your face and any exposed skin. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day! Do this even if it’s cloudy or you’re staying inside – the sun’s rays are harsh enough to cut through clouds and windows. You don’t want to end up leathery and wrinkled, do you?

2. Drink tons of water.

Dehydration wreaks havoc on your body, and it’s far more likely to affect you when it’s 90+ degrees outside. Stay hydrated by getting into the habit of carrying around a thermos full of cool water. And make a point of finishing it at least once a day. You can even set a timer to make sure you do it! Be particularly diligent when you’re drinking alcohol, which on top of the sun and heat will further dehydrate you – especially if you’re outside. Getting buzzed on the beach is fun in the moment, but your body won’t thank you in the morning.

3. Hit the gym.

Love it or hate it, summer means swimsuit season, and feeling comfortable in your body will help you enjoy the beach. Plus, summer is rife with unhealthy fried foods and sugary cocktails. Hitting the gym now will start you off in good shape – and make you more likely to go when all you want to do is take refuge from the heat.

4. Plan a vacation.

Business slows down in the summer in most industries, so take advantage! Planning a vacation now will keep costs down and make it more likely you can leave on the dates you want. Plus, the act of planning a vacation has been shown to make you happier. Can’t get away for a full week? Shoot for a 3-day weekend.

5. Get some books.

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading. What better way is there to while away a few relaxing hours at the park on a gorgeous day? Start compiling your summer reading list now – we’ve got some recommendations here.

6. Look up events at home.

Most towns and cities have a bunch of outdoor events going on every summer. Even better, many of them are free! But you can’t go to these events if you don’t know about them, especially if they require tickets or RSVPs. Look up what’s going on this summer and mark your favorites in your calendar. That way, you’ll be less likely to stay at home watching TV, while your friends are having fun at the local fair.

7. Get a head-start on maintenance.

On the first really hot day of the year, all you want to do is grill up some burgers and jump into your backyard pool. But they’ve been unused for months, so make sure you prep before using them! Do any necessary pool maintenance now and clean up your backyard, checking up on your grill while you’re at it. Don’t forget your car, either! A summer road trip is the worst time to find out that your AC is broken.

8. Dust off your camera.

You’ve planned out all your events, but how are you going to remember them? Prep for capturing your summer memories by dusting off your camera. Smartphones are great for quick snaps, but they tend not to be as powerful as a standalone camera to really capture that amazing view. You should also back up your hard drive regularly – you don’t want to lose all those photos now, do you?

9. Relax.

You’ve planned ahead and prepped your pool. Now, remember to relax! Many of us are so excited by summer that we plan so much for the first few weeks, then get really burned out. As fun as summer is, the weather can be harsh on your mind and body. So once you’ve planned out your summer, take it easy. Relax and be flexible when your plans inevitably change. Try taking up some yoga or meditation to get yourself in that summery mindset.

Think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: milos milosevic via Compfight cc

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