July marks the start to several summertime activities from family reunions to picnic occasions. This year let’s celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month by hitting the water and getting active at one of your favorite state park beaches.
You might be thinking that going to the beach can be a little overwhelming because of all the “stuff” we feel we need to pack for the day. My thoughts exactly, when the kids say “let’s go to the beach.” Once we get there and are settled in for the day, it’s quite relaxing. Try these ideas to make your next venture to the beach more healthy and happy.
- Less is best. Only pack essentials such as sunscreen, beach towels or a blanket, a small cooler and maybe a game. Pack them the day before to create less hassle the morning you head out. You will find it much easier to carry less and that hands are the best sandcastle building tools.
- Plan to use two towels per person, one to sit on and one to dry off and cover up. To keep the sand under control, place a large blanket down first under the towels.
- Stock the cooler full of everyone’s favorite fruit and veggies for refreshing and hydrating beach day snacks.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after. Remember, sometimes swimming can dilute the thirst buds so be sure to set a timer, take a break and hydrate.
- Chill out in the shade with a fun game to take a break from the sun.
- Relax and soak up the scenery. Enjoy the sounds, smells and view at the beach, or play beach I spy to create lasting memories.
Relaxing at the beach is a great way to free your thoughts from the busy week, but so is working out. Use some beach time to get active. Try a quick and fun beach workout to get you up off your beach towel.
Written by Nikki Stahr, Registered Dietitian with Live Healthy Iowa