Focus On The Whole Team: Why The Hot Weather Isn’t All Bad

June 5th, 2018 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus On The Whole Team: Why The Hot Weather Isn’t All Bad
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With the summer in full swing, campus life has slowed. Fewer events, fewer students, but not necessarily less work for the athletic department. Great news though. The hot weather is not as bad for your health as you may assume. Here are a few reasons the summer is good for your health.

Happiest Time of Year

For many involved in college athletics, football season is the happiest time of the year. But for health purposes, the summer claims this award. Many studies show that people are less stress and happier during the summer months. Higher levels of the hormone serotonin are believed to be the reason for increase happiness. This is also a busy time of the year for outdoor socials. Join in on the fun and enjoy!

More sunlight

As we all know, the summer days are long. Literally. Daylight during the summer months is longer than others. Use this as an opportunity to get healthy. Opportunities such as gardening, walking, biking, swimming, and playing at the park are all great choices. And with the increased activities outside you can increase your vitamin D intake. Vitamin D benefits include improved cardiovascular and lung health and supports the immune system. Find a reason to get outside and soak up some sun this summer.

Abundance of Fresh Produce

I am an advocate for seasonal eating. As I have written in my article “Staying Healthy During the Fall,” seasonal eating is a great way to improve your health. The summer produces a wider abundance of fruits and vegetables than any other season. Use this to your advantage. Try new recipes, throw vegetables on the grill, or dry your favorite fruits. There are many to choose from.

The summer heat doesn’t need to be a deterrent to your health. Find ways to use the hot weather to your advantage. Enjoy the happiest of the season by socializing. Utilize the opportunities that more daily sunlight brings. Harvest the fresh produce that summer offers. Look beyond the heat of summer!

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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