Pool season is upon us! It’s a great time to take advantage of the benefits of poolside living, whether you choose to relax by the pool or jump in and make a splash. Treating yourself to a pool day has many health benefits beyond the gentle activity of swimming, and we have some suggestions for making the most of it, including consuming fresh fruits and vegetables as delicious snacks, to keep you hydrated for a day of fun in the sun!
Spending the day at the pool has numerous benefits beyond just having fun in the sun! We all lead busy lives, have long work weeks, and are often shuttling between extra-curricular activities and sports. Pool time can be very therapeutic and provide a much-needed mental break from a hectic schedule. It is a great opportunity to disconnect from devices and spend some time outdoors alone, or together with family and friends soaking in Vitamin D – the vitamin that improves the mood! If done right, a day by the pool can almost feel as though it’s a vacation day at a tropical resort. Don’t have a pool? No problem, the tips listed below also apply to spending the day at the beach or simply lounging in your backyard under an umbrella!
THE POOLSIDE EXPERIENCE –
There is something mesmerizing about watching the crystal-clear water while soaking in the sun. You get that feeling of relaxation, an awareness of the present moment, and a boost of joy. Whether you’re just looking to float, sit by the edge with an ice-cold beverage, or want to let your inner child loose and make some splashes, there are some health benefits that occur while you are having fun. Your body will naturally release endorphins after swimming which aids in pain relief, stress reduction, and overall well-being. Always make sure to wear sunscreen while you enjoy your time in the sun and re-apply through the day, especially after being in the water for extended periods of time. As much as we all love a good tan, too much sun exposure can have negative healthy effects. It’s a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses as well to ensure that you don’t end your day with a sunburn. An additional bonus is that after spending the day in the sun and enjoying the light activity of swimming, you will be ready to snooze like a baby.
POOLSIDE SNACKS –
A pool day isn’t complete without ice-cold drinks and snacks. Cucumber water will help you glow from the inside out – it’s the perfect beverage to promote radiant skin. Focus on fresh snacks while enjoying the outdoors! Fruits and vegetables are an excellent natural source of hydration, and their vitamins and minerals will fuel that happy mood! Lay out Sangria® Medley Tomatoes, and Mini Cucumbers to make a fun charcuterie board, or toss Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers and Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers in bright, unbreakable containers with some dip. Quick and easy!
If you want to eat something other than snacks, outdoor grilling by the pool is another excellent option. This summer, try something new! We’ve compiled a list of delicious recipes to get you inspired when hunger hits or when you need to feed a crowd.
Whether you’re spending your day alone or throwing a tropical party, we’ve just released a new must-try melon salsa recipe. It’s not your typical salsa either! Solara™ Mini Melons, crisp seedless Long English Cucumbers, and a fresh cilantro lime vinaigrette make this salsa bright and refreshing. Serve on a charcuterie board with pita bread, tortilla chips, and crackers. It also goes perfectly on tacos or grilled meat.
QUICK TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST DAY –
The goal of a pool day is to relax, recharge, and have a good time. Whether your definition of fun means floating around on the water or a friendly competition of water volleyball with your crew, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind for your pool day:
- Have fun and create a theme for the day
- Stack of clean fresh towels for guests to us
- Create a party playlist with a wide range of music
- Serve drinks in pool-safe, unbreakable drinking glasses
- Include pool toys for games
- Apply sunscreen at least every 2 hours
- Always have a lightweight shirt on hand in case you get too much sun
- If you have your phone nearby, protect it with waterproof case
- Read a book, a magazine, or listen to a podcast
- Snacks, snacks, and more snacks
Summer always feels too short! Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and being in the present moment by taking advantage of what a pool day has to offer. With our hectic lives, spending time outdoors by the pool or at the beach is a great way to disconnect from technology and recharge. Choose to enjoy the therapeutic benefits either alone or with loved ones. Remember to use sunscreen and protect yourself from the sun while having fun. And as we all know, snacks are essential for any happy occasion! Snack healthy this summer and choose fresh greenhouse grown fruits and vegetables for all of your snacking needs. They make it easy to enjoy a variety of flavors while keeping your body hydrated and fuelled with both vitamins and minerals for a day of fun in the sun.
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