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Top 5 Ways to Play it Safe for a Happy, Healthy Summer

Some compare summers on Long Island to being on an eight-week vacation. From beautiful beach days to backyard barbecues, the nice weather allows for us to enjoy some of Long Island’s best attributes! While being relaxed and having fun is currently a complete necessity, getting carried away with over-eating, over-drinking, and over-playing can cause unnecessary physical and emotional distress.

Here are my top 5 ways to play it safe and have a happy, healthy summer.

1 – ­Shade, sunglasses, and SPF are a must. Your skin loves the sun, we get it, but remember, too much of a good thing is a bad thing! Not only can you cause severe aesthetic damage to your skin, but you can also put yourself at risk for skin cancer. Your eyes are also at risk from those UV Rays, so stay in the shade during peak sun hours (12-4PM). Wear stylish sunglasses especially when driving, and don’t leave home without your SPF. Skin expert, Nicoletta Rasizzi, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse and Director of Replenish Health and Wellness Center in Huntington, recommends at least 50 SPF for your face.

2 – Drink your way to better health. The summer is the time of year that people get dehydrated the most. It’s hot, humid, and more often, people are enjoying an iced coffee or hard seltzer over H2O. If you want to help reduce the risk of getting dehydrated, which can cause an array of health issues, make sure you are getting at least 64 ounces of water in daily.

3 – Stock up on seasonal fruit. Watermelon, berries, kiwi, and pineapples are some summertime favorites that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants! Helpful for keeping you hydrated as they are mostly water based, these fruits are a refreshing, healthy snack for a hot summer day.

4 – Make sure you move. You are probably so fed up with hearing about how exercise is good for you…but remember, we hear things as many times as we need to. Walking, swimming, cycling, or tennis are all incredible cardiovascular exercises. Yoga and weight training are also great choices for optimal physical and mental health. Shoot for 30-45 minutes of movement a day.

5 – Mental breaks make you better. Unplugging, meditation, focus breathing, and even cat-napping, are all examples of ways to truly unwind. When the mind can rest, the body can reset and replenish as well, creating calm and peace within. Studies show that practices such as meditation might ease certain stresses like anxiety, depression, and even pain.

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Dive into your summer reading list

(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

Find more titles to add to your summer reading list at Facebook.com/WilliamMorrowBooks .


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