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5 Ways to Prepare for Summer in Hampton, VA

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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After a long winter and a busy spring, summer can sneak up on you with its high heat and bright, sunny days. Before you dive head first into this beautiful season of pool days, beach play and outdoor dining, make sure to take preventative steps to ensure you’re feeling your best.

Before summer kicks into high gear, it’s a good idea to take stock of all leftover sunscreen and bug sprays from years past, to make sure that they haven’t spoiled or expired. You won’t want to discover that your sunscreen is expired after applying it and spending a long day outside (ouch!). While you’re checking out your sunscreens and bug sprays, take inventory of your medicine cabinet, and toss out any expired, spoiled products, including old chapsticks, medications, ointments, cleansers and makeup.

Most importantly, begin the new season by scheduling annual doctor visits, including your annual physical, ob gyn, skin and eye check and any other medical checkups that pertain to your specific health profile.

Here are 5 ways to prepare for summer in Hampton, VA...

Stock up on sunscreen & bug spray
It’s that time of year when you’ll want to be outside as much as possible, enjoying the city you love with the ones you love. If you like to head to nearby Buckroe Beach or just kick it poolside in the summer months, it’s important to make sure you’re stocked up on sunscreen and bug spray. Make sure to use products are within their expiration date, and toss out any old products that seem clumpy or spoiled. Your skin will thank you come September!

Clean out your medicine cabinet
After a long winter and a sneezing spring, take a few minutes to look through your medicine cabinet and throw out expired and spoiled products first. Then, get rid of medications or prescriptions that you no longer use. Toss old makeup, nail polishes and cleansers, while you’re at it.

Schedule your annual doctor appointments (including skin checks)
Don’t wait until cold and flu season to get in to see your doctor for wellness checkups. Now is the best time to schedule your annual physical, mammogram, ob gyn visits, eye checks, skin checks and more. Your doctor will appreciate you scheduling during the “off season,” and you’ll appreciate visiting the doctor’s office when it isn’t filled with sick and coughing patients.

Watch your water intake
When the temps heat up, it’s crucial to stay on top of your hydration by making sure to replace the water you lose by spending time outside, sweating or swimming. Aim for roughly 8 glasses of water a day, and make a point to ask your doctor what an ideal amount of fluids you need to take in per day, based on your lifestyle and personal health profile.

Plan for lighter, no cook meals
If meal prep is a big part of your life, now is the time to shift gears on your grocery shopping and recipe selection and begin preparing lighter meals with fresh produce. Go ahead and give your oven a good clean, and then let it take a nice vacation for the next few months while you prepare salads, wraps, smoothies and other light, refreshing fare that will fuel you up without weighing you down.

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Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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