Katz Health Tips, April 2016
1: Break Out the Sunscreen
Temperatures are warming up, and you’re likely spending more time outdoors. While sunscreen is important throughout the year, it’s especially vital as we start enjoying the sunnier days of spring and summer. Sun exposure is directly related to an increased risk of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. You can reduce your risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply it generously throughout the day to avoid sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
2: Prep an Entire Week’s Worth of Vegetables
For many women, one of the biggest obstacles to eating healthy is the time it takes for meal preparation. To slash minutes off your cooking schedule, try a technique that restaurants use to save time. Instead of prepping your vegetables before each meal, consider getting them ready for an entire week. In a single batch, prepping session that can take less than an hour, you can clean, chop and store what you need for the week ahead. Not only will this enable you to prepare meals faster, it will also minimize any temptation to grab fast food or takeout. Learn how to make time for healthy eating.
3: Take a Hike!
The benefits of hiking go far beyond enjoying a peaceful vista. Hitting back-roads and trails is a great way to improve your health. A regular hike is a fun form of aerobic exercise that strengthens muscles, improves bone density, promotes restful sleep and burns calories. In fact, it can burn about 250 calories per hour while also reducing your risk of many diseases including Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, stroke, arthritis and depression. See more tips for staying safe and healthy this summer.